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.

The mission of IoES Coastal Center is to conduct research and provide recommendations on critical coastal water quality and natural resource management issues. Within the next five years, the Coastal Center will become one of California’s leading academic institutions working on land-sea interface issues.

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.

From the UCLA Environment Newsroom

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Water crisis — Survival of the wettest

Water. We can’t live without it. California is in one of the worst droughts in years. And sea levels are rising as fresh water supplies disappear. Are we facing a global crisis – or just a local problem? In this … Continued

Mark Gold

IoES Acting Director, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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