Announcements & Grants

Coasts and Ports 2021 – First call for abstracts
 On behalf of the local organising committee we are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Coasts and Ports 2021. The Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in Australasia for professionals to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines related to coasts and ports. Papers presented at past conference have become some of the most important references used by industry and the 2021 papers will be open access. Also, this year for the first time exemptions from full paper requirements may be provided for attendees to present recently published work (refer to website for details). Our Conference theme “Te oranga takutai – Adapt and Thrive” recognises the dynamic coastal environment that we live in and the need for coastal communities to be resilient and adaptable. The conference will be held in Ōtautahi, Christchurch 7-10 September 2021, and invites abstracts on six main conference themes and four special topics as follows:
  • Working with Nature
  • Future Proofing Coastal and Port Environments
  • Blue Economy
  • Coastal and Ecological Processes
  • Port and Maritime Engineering
  • Coastal and Ocean Engineering
  • Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

And on the following Special Topics:

  • Indigenous Perspectives on Coastal and Port Environments
  • Coastal Earthquake Resilience and Recovery
  • Emerging Technologies in Coastal Science and Engineering
  • Surf Science, Engineering and Management

The call for abstracts will extend until 29 January 2021 with speaker acceptance announced in March 2021. Authors can have confidence that Coasts and Ports 2021 will proceed in September 2021 despite ongoing uncertainties related to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are preparing alternative virtual and combined formats should the conventional face-to-face format in Christchurch become untenable.

U.S. EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe

SAN FRANCISCO (September 9, 2020) — As many students across the nation return to school this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding school districts and state and local officials to remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and facilities by using only products found on EPA’s List N. As part of the efforts to safely reopen schools, EPA is continuing to work closely with states, local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide up to date information to protect public health as school districts, private schools, and universities develop and implement COVID-19 re-entry plans for their students, staff, and parents.

EPA is working to combat imposter disinfectant products from being marketed online with potentially dangerous claims of protection against the novel coronavirus. In some cases, there are statements that products will provide protection from COVID-19 for up to 90 days. To date, EPA has approved only one product that has long-lasting effects against COVID-19 and is expeditiously working to review additional products. EPA’s approval is limited to Texas and permits only American Airlines airport facilities and planes at specific locations and two Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine Clinics to use SurfaceWise2 under certain conditions. To stop products from being illegally sold in the United States, EPA is also working with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies to bring the full force of the law against those selling fraudulent or unregistered products.

Cleaning products that claim to kill and/or be effective against viruses are pesticides and must be registered with EPA prior to distribution or sale. These products may not be sold or distributed unless they have been properly tested and then registered by EPA. The agency will not register a product claiming to be effective against coronaviruses until it has determined that it will not pose an unreasonable risk and will be effective when used according to the label directions.

Please note that according to the CDC, while “it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the virus is thought to spread mainly through close contact between individuals.

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The Bay Foundation – Coastal Connections (CC6) Fundraiser

Join The Bay Foundation for its two-part 6th Coastal Connections (CC6) fundraiser. The events on September 1st and October 1st will celebrate everyone’s connections with the coast, along with the foundation’s recent accomplishments and upcoming projects, and recognize individuals making a difference in Santa Monica Bay.  On Sept. 1, TBF Honoree documentary filmmaker and SOMM TV founder Jason Wise will engage in a Q&A with TBF CEO Tom Ford, who appeared in Wise’s film “The Delicacy” about sea urchin.  The Oct. 1 event will start with TBF Honoree LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl—a leader who protects our beaches, fishing spots, kelp forests, and wetlands—and be followed by a virtual tour of TBF’s latest projects and highlighting key project partners. Both events will start at 7:00pm, be live streamed on SOMM TV, and offer an aligned dining experience!

USGBC-LA 19th Annual Conference & Expo 

On Aug. 21-22, join us, virtually, for the 19th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo, the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates in SoCal. The US Green Building Council-L.A. has pulled together power panels and top keynote speakers \ in Sustainability, Equity & Design who will provide direction and discussion, lessons learned and best practices, at a time when most everyone in the region and world are figuring out how to re-enter & re-engage with all kinds of spaces. Specific topics include Resilience, Reach Codes, Climate Action Plans, Net Zero Carbon Buildings, and more.  MGBCE’s 2020 programming is created for those seeking thought leadership while striving to integrate sustainability into municipal action, as well as office and home.  Registration is required: All are invited.

Announcing the Coastal Dynamics 2021 conference in Delft June 28th – July 2nd: Call for Abstracts

We are excited to announce the 2021 Coastal Dynamics Conference with the theme “Shaping the Future of our Coasts”.  We hope that the Corona Crisis will be over by that time and that we can welcome you to our beautiful city.  If in-person conferences are not yet possible at that time, the conference will be held on line or in a hybrid form, to be decided later this year. The Call for Abstracts is now open. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation  on the following topics

  • Coastal hydrodynamics (waves, tides and surges)
  • Coastal sediment transport (subaqueous and aeolian)
  • Estuarine processes, fine sediments and vegetation
  • Foreshore, beach and dune morphodynamics
  • Coastal observations and monitoring
  • Coastal management and risk assessments
  • Coastal nourishments and interventions
  • Long-term coastal change
  • Coasts and climate change
  • Nature-based solutions.

 Anthropocene Coasts (Canadian Science Pub.) SI on ‘Data-science at the coast’

Anthropocene Coasts (Canadian Science Publishing) is hosting a special issue — “The emerging role of data-driven science at the coast”.
The submission deadline for manuscripts is December 31, 2020, the journal is Open Access, and the APC is waived for submissions by received by that date.  Click here for the full announcement.

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CASQA Conference Registration Brochure is here!

Click here to see the registration brochure for CASQA 16th Annual Conference. The virtual conference will be held September 15-16, 2020.


Session on Arctic coastal dynamics at the virtual AGU Annual Fall Meeting: Dec 7-11, 2020

Session Title: Arctic Coastal Dynamics: Rates, Impacts, Hazards and Implications for the Future

Session ID: 105213

Session Description: Arctic coastlines are highly vulnerable to anthropogenic and climate-driven changes. Coastal hazards like erosion and flooding are intensifying and creating risks for coastal communities. The goal of this session is to create a platform for discussing recent research on the changes in Arctic coastal dynamics, resulting hazards and risks, and advances in modelling. We invite studies that cover topics related to Arctic coastal changes, the driving forces, geomorphological processes, modelling approaches and impacts on ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, infrastructure, and social systems. Further, we discuss the co-production of knowledge and tools for forecasting coastal hazards and risks to quantify their social and economic impacts. We welcome abstracts on cross-disciplinary studies at the nexus of 1) environmental variables that influence nearshore hydrological, geomorphological, ecological, and biogeochemical processes; 2) variability in coastal change and key driving forces; 3) collaborative approaches from communities, researchers and agencies to develop monitoring programs to support hazard forecasting.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 29 July at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Please note that since AGU will be mostly virtual this year  the registration fee will be about 50% less than the in-person rate.

Call for Abstracts, Session GC065. Renewable Energy: Marine and Hydrokinetic, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2020,  December 7-11

We invite you to submit abstracts for the Renewable Energy: Marine and Hydrokinetic session at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2020, 7−11 December: submit an abstract here. This session will focus on the science, technology, and policy issues of renewable energy with a special focus on marine, wave, current, and tidal energy conversion for electric utilities. Studies focusing on environmental effects of marine hydrokinetic energy devices (e.g., acoustic and electromagnetic influences on aquatic and benthic species, altered hydrodynamics, water quality, and sediment transport, or changes to currents, wave regimes, and tidal ranges), ocean thermal energy conversion, environmental monitoring, device performance evaluation, resource assessment, grid integration, characterization of potential energy, forecasting on multiple time scales, impacts of energy extraction, system planning, risk evaluation, and uncertainty are all of interest. Studies in riverine and estuarine environments are also appropriate. The field of renewable energy is growing with multi-disciplinary approaches welcomed and encouraged. International and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit. This session is coordinated with two other sessions: Renewable Energy: Solar and Energy Integration and Renewable Energy: Wind Energy.

Special Issue of Water: Coastal Hazards Management

Requests for a special issue of Water focused on Coastal Hazards Management, particular interest will be in submissions focused on (1) attributing climate change to extreme coastal hazards events; (2) case studies exploring novel or low-cost risk reduction practices or those based on traditional knowledge; (3) examples of approaches for managing coastal hazards, particularly defensive approaches, that minimize the loss of ecological services; and (4) approaches for or case studies describing the application of modeling or technical analysis in community-scale coastal hazards planning processes.  Submissions are due November 30th, 2020.  Find more information here.

Port Engineering Courses Offered by ASCE
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has created a series of seven 12-week guided online courses on various aspects of port engineering.  Taught by practicing engineers, these courses will provide the skills needed to practice in the field of port engineering. The courses are intended for individuals with a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in civil or mechanical engineering, physics, or related disciplines.  The following courses are being offered:
  • Introduction to Port Engineering – a new, accelerated 6-week session starting July 20, 2020; another 12-week session starts January 25, 2021.
  • Marine Container Terminal Planning – 12-week session starting September 21, 2020
  • Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves – 12-week session starting September 21, 2020
  • Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities – 12-week session starting January 25, 2021
  • Design of Port Facilities – dates and registration coming soon
  • Construction of Port Facilities – dates and registration coming soon
  • Port Operations and Maintenance – dates and registration coming soon
A Certificate in Port Engineering is awarded upon the completion of 5 of the 7 courses.  More information about the Port Engineering Certificate program is available here. Information about the July 2020 Introduction to Port Engineering course, as well as a video sample of the course, is available here.
Call for Papers: Special Collection on Case Studies in Waterways Engineering

Announcing a Call for Papers for a Special Collection on Case Studies in Waterways Engineering, for the ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. This special collection addresses the documentation of best practices in waterways engineering, and should be focused on the various aspects of waterway expansion. One-page summaries are due no later than August 1st, 2020. Requests for complete papers will follow. All manuscripts will undergo the same peer-review process as other submissions to the Journal. Please send the one-page summaries to by the deadline. More information is available here.

Poster Presentations for ASBPA Virtual Conference

Because ASBPA’s National Coastal Conference, “Navigating Stormy Times,” is virtual this year, it is your opportunity to present to your peers without the expense of travel.  The sessions will be recorded and available to attendees until the 2021 conference, so they can view your presentation anytime.  You can reach more of your peers!  And, to top it off, professional development hour certificates will be available. The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) 2020 National Coastal Conference will be held through an online platform.  The new conference theme is “2020 Vision for Our Coasts: Navigating Stormy Times.”  During the week of October 13-16, the conference will be offered as a blend of synchronous and asynchronous on-line presentations, lightning talks, networking events, virtual breakout sessions, and more.  The new online format is meant to address the COVID-19 related safety measures and travel restrictions, providing an alternate format for the coastal community to gather and discuss key topics. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will also be available for full registrants. Abstracts for oral presentations will be accepted through June 12 and poster presentations through August 21.  Abstracts shall be limited to 500 words and submitted via the online form at

Special Issue “Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of Water Waves” – call for contribution
Fluids Special Issue “Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of Water Waves” is open to contributions. Please click here for more details. The SI aims to provide a platform for original research and reviews on all mathematical and numerical aspects of ocean wave phenomena.
Invitation for a Special Issue on Wave and Tidal assessments

The Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is editing a Special Issue (ISSN 2077-1312; Impact factor: 1.732) titled “Numerical Assessments of Tidal Stream and Wave Energy in Coastal Shelf Seas” and would like to invite you to submit a manuscript. The due date for submission is August 31, 2020. If you are interested in contributing, please send Dr. George Lavidas, (and cc Dr. Nicolas Guillou, Cerema, and Dr. Georges Chapalain, a tentative title with a short abstract in advance for initial checking, and an expected submission date for reference.

THE DELICACY Documentary Explores Sea Urchins as Food, Culture

If you love sea urchins, and uni, the new documentary THE DELICACY is now available for digital streaming on Somm TV.  This film is the story of sea urchins – how they are harvested, how they are consumed, and the role they play in nature and the lives of those who bring it to the table. Delve into the SoCal fishermen and women who’ve made this their lives, and go back to the history and culture of sea urchins and abalone. Also features The Bay Foundation Executive Director Tom Ford, who offers up the film’s science perspective, on kelp restoration and the role sea urchins play in SoCal’s ecosystem. A beautiful documentary. Click here for the film trailer.

Aquarium of the Bay: Creative Face Masks

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 while supporting the Aquarium of the Bay’s mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea™. Six custom designed non-medical face masks are now available for pre-order. The City and County of San Francisco has issued a requirement for masks and face coverings while shopping, taking transit, or getting healthcare. Due to how COVID-19 can spread by people who show no symptoms, wearing a face covering is about protecting others and showing consideration for your community. A non-medical face mask is not a replacement for an N95 mask. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, hand washing, and other safety procedures. Expect 4-5 weeks for delivery, 20 limit per design, and for order questions, contact:

American Stormwater Institute: Online Stormwater Classes are filling up due to COVID-19

The American Stormwater Institute, LLC has cancelled our live classes for the month of May 2020, but ONLINE COURSES are happening and filling fast.
There are multiple courses that would be of interest to you.  All our ONLINE STORMWATER TRAINING COURSES are presented to you live via ZOOM by an instructor who not only provides an informative, lively, interactive class but also is experienced in all aspects of conducting stormwater inspections.  Click on a class title to check out the courses offered: Qualified MS4 Compliance ProfessionalQualified MS4 Stormwater InspectorQualified Construction InspectorQualified California Construction InspectorQualified Erosion and Sediment Control Inspectorand the newest class offering, Qualified Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Inspector

Sediment Deposit Operations at Goleta Beach

Due to rainfall last March and the increased chance of future storms, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) began sediment deposit operations at Goleta Beach. The sediment deposit will start as soon as Friday, March 20, 2020, and will continue as needed until facilities have been cleared. Public Works has used upland disposal sites and other County property for debris management. However, inadequate space remains for this effort. Santa Barbara County Flood Control District (District) Deputy Director Tom Fayram said, “During recent storms, we have seen a substantial amount of material coming through the watersheds impacted by the Thomas Fire. If we don’t clear out the rocks and sediment, it leaves the surrounding areas vulnerable to increased runoff during future storms.”

The County is making every effort to assure safety and public access to Goleta Beach. Sediment nourishment has occurred at Goleta Beach since 1994 with desilting material from the Goleta Slough and other creeks and basins. Public Works has also conducted environmental monitoring at the beach since 2003. Before beach nourishment operations, the District obtains emergency permits from state and federal agencies. The District collects sediment samples from the debris basins and ocean water samples before and during deposit operations. Weekly reports with information on sediment sampling results are sent to the regulatory agencies. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department also monitors the ocean water at the deposit sites to ensure they meet water quality standards for recreation. Beach nourishment operations have also protected Goleta Beach Park from further erosion by creating a wide shore near the location of the sediment deposit. For more information about District programs, click here. For an article about this project, click here.

ASBPA 2020 National Coastal Conference – 2020 Vision for Our Coasts: Navigating Stormy Times CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) 2020 National Coastal Conference will be held through an online platform.  In cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, ASBPA has updated the Call for Abstracts, now due June 12, 2020. During the week of October 13-16, the conference will be offered as a blend of synchronous and asynchronous on-line presentations, lightning talks, networking events, virtual breakout sessions, and more.  The new online format is meant to address the COVID-19 related safety measures and travel restrictions, providing an alternate format for the coastal community to gather and discuss key topics. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will also be available for full registrants.

Abstracts for oral presentations will be accepted through June 12 and poster presentations through August 21.  Abstracts shall be limited to 500 words and submitted via the online form at

POSTPONED: 7th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference

The steering committee has decided to postpone the 7th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference – Americas until 2021. The decision was made based on the  uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the potential for reduced travel capability regardless of lifting of state or national stay-at-home or lockdown orders. Details will be posted to the  YCSECA webpage as they become available. A new call for abstracts will be issued in the spring of 2021.

California Census Campaign Announces Four New Ambassadors

SACRAMENTO – The California For All – Census 2020 Campaign today announced an additional four Census Digital Ambassadors – young, diverse influencers from sports, music and television who will help reach, educate and empower the hardest-to-count Californians to participate in the 2020 Census, which is now under way. The Census campaign continues to remind Californians that they can respond to the Census online, by phone by calling the numbers available below, or by mail if they received a paper form. Most households that have not responded to the Census should receive a paper form in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau. The following influencers have committed to leveraging their platforms and voices to promote Census participation among hard-to-count Californians: Jonathan Dos Santos, Devin Dawson, Kausar Mohammed, and Martin Sensmeier. Click here for their biographies and social media profiles.

U.S. EPA awards $255,000 to advance environmental projects in the Arizona/Sonora border region

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will award over $255,000 for environmental projects benefiting the U.S.-Mexico border region between Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora. The awards are given through the agency’s Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program. The recipient organizations will contribute an additional $101,000 to fund projects to: improve proper management of scrap vehicles and discarded electronics; build capacity on environmental health for three border tribes; and enhance sustainable stormwater management with green infrastructure alternatives. These funds were awarded in partnership with the North American Development Bank under the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a binational effort to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. For more information on the Border 2020 Program, please visit:

Coastal Commission News: Winners of the Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

Congratulations to California’s young artists and poets! Please take a moment to enjoy the talented winners of the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students. Ten winners and 30 honorable mentions have been selected for this year’s contest. A big THANK YOU to the teachers and parents who encouraged their students to think creatively about California’s coast and ocean, and to all the students whose hard work was evident in every one of the entries. Prints of the art are available for purchase online, supporting this contest.

Deadline Extension: Special Issue “New Advances in Coastal Processes and Dynamics Using LiDAR”

The deadline for submissions to the special issue of Remote Sensing titled “New Advances in Coastal Processes and Dynamics Using LiDAR” has been extended from July 31st to December 31st, 2020. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: coastal erosion and recovery; surf and swash zone hydrodynamics; wave breaking processes; wave runup and overtopping of coastal structures; and new LiDAR-based methods that extend our ability to measure coastal phenomena using new instrumentation, new instrument configurations or deployment methods or novel data-processing techniques. Further information can be found here.

U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Net Zero Accelerator

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the USGBC-Los Angeles 2020 Cohort of the Net Zero Accelerator! The program pilots + promotes market-ready building technology innovations to empower and accelerate a net positive future. LEARN MORE & APPLY.

Seeking 10 of the most promising netzero building solutions that help make zerocarbon, zeroenergy, zerowater, and zerowaste buildings a reality. The 2020 program is focused on building decarbonization (materials & operations), clean construction (waste & efficiency), and occupant wellness for all building types (commercial, institutional, multi-family, affordable housing, etc.).  The first NZA cohort completed the program in Dec. 2019, initiating over 30 active technology pilot projects among the 13 cohort companies providing innovative technology solutions to over 25 building owners and managers. Apply now to be the next great accelerated solution!

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