Announcements & Grants

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!

Summer School uniCOAST – Call for applications

If you are interested in learning more about the different disciplines involved in coastal research and how they can work together more effectively, join uniCOAST from August 2020 24-28 in Wilhelmshaven,Germany. You will find details on the program and registration procedure on the summer school’s website. In case of questions, feel free to contact us at






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