As the impacts of human development on coastal resources continue to expand, the need for a leading academic institution to focus on answering land-sea interface questions has grown dramatically. The Coastal Center collaborates with local, state, federal and international agencies, NGOs, businesses, and institutions on research including coastal watershed assessment and management, coastal habitat and ecosystem management, the fate and transport of pollutants in the coastal zone, and pollutant load reduction from coastal dischargers. The primary priorities of the center are conservation and pollution reduction and prevention research within coastal watersheds and the coastal zone.
Long Term Goals – Within the next five years, the Coastal Center will become one of California's leading academic institutions working on land-sea interface issues. Standing working relationships with coastal agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board, NOAA, NMFS, USGS, USFWS, EPA, the Ocean Protection Council, CDFW, the California Coastal Commission, the Ocean Protection Council, and the California Coastal Conservancy will be developed to the point that joint working agreements and projects between agencies and the center will be commonplace. Coastal research efforts with potential policy implication will be the focus of the center and it will become routine to provide policy and research recommendations as part of the completed research project papers.
The L.A. Times featured an op-ed by UCLA's Mark Gold and Cara Horowitz recommending local and global policies for tackling the crisis of plastic litter in the world's oceans.
Researchers from the School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment worked with IoES scientists on the comprehensive study.
The UCLA Water Resources Group, founded by the IoES, works with environmental organizations and government agencies to improve water management in Los Angeles.
IoES Associate Director Mark Gold is quoted in a L.A. Times article about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plans to construct facilities that will restore pumping of drinking water from scores of contaminated San Fernando Valley wells.
A scientific roadmap for protecting a critical natural resource.
IoES Associate Director Mark Gold is quoted in an Environmental Health News article about decreased pesticide deposits in L.A. County waters.
The LA Times featured an Op-Ed by IoES Associate Director Mark Gold about the federal law turning 40 this week.
KCET.org featured a story about a new report on Ballona Creek co-authored by IoES Adjunct Professor Travis Longcore.
UCLA scientists sing about their coral reef research.
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