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Feb, 2019

Disappearing California Coast

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Mudslides, and flooding have weighed heavily on California Central Coastal minds. The fires of 2017 and 2018 that raged through Ventura County exacerbated anxiety.

We worry about our beaches.

We want to know how we can manage climate change.

In a coastal community, we live in uncertainty. To address some of it I created a video about an Oxnard, California beach that breaks down some coastal adaptation science.

If you watch this video to the end, you will find ways to save some of our beaches. It isn’t all doom and gloom.

 

The Anthropocene Age New Normal

The Santa Clara River had once wandered over most of the Oxnard Plain. It created a vast delta. Lagoons were found from McGrath State Beach to Point Mugu. 

Kurt Triffet shot this strawberries on the beach photo during the rainstorms and floods in early February 2019

The strawberries fields are behind the beach and close to the Santa Clara River that divides Oxnard and Ventura. When the river floods it takes what’s near it to the beach and the ocean tides push it all around.

Data

I used data from the U.S. Global Change Research ProgramThe Nature ConservancyCalifornia Coastal Commission, City of Oxnard, County of Ventura, and the Surfrider Foundation – Ventura County Chapter.

Keep in mind the reports I used from the City of Oxnard and the County of Ventura were written in 2018 when the State of California predicted a 5 feet sea level rise by 2100. At the end of 2018 the state announced a 10 feet rise by 2100.

Research used for the video. Click on the links for more information.

City of Oxnard Sea Level Rise Atlas

 Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal

Economic Analysis of Nature Based Adaption To Climate Change, Ventura, CA

The Fourth National Climate Assessment

The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Ventura Project

Toward Natural Shoreline Infrastructure To Manage Coastal Change In California 

VC Resilient Coastal Adaption Project Vulnerability Assessment

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