A federal agency has given a team of researchers more than a quarter of a million dollars to assess the vulnerability of Santa Barbara County’s coastline to climate change, and provide information which can be used to plan for its impacts.
A pair of grants totaling $278,000 from different arms of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will go to the California’s Sea Grant program, which is spearheading what’s being called a cutting edge project.
The emphasis is on assessing the impacts of climate change to the coastline’s ecosystem, but the research could be helpful to the region’s cities, and the county in assessing how infrastructure will be affected.
Sea Grant California will be working with a number of UC Santa Barbara, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers on the project.
The study is expected to take about a year and a half.