Update May 11th 2020: Coastlines and People (CoPe) Synthesis Report

Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is looking to better understand the research needs related to advancing understanding of the impacts of coastal environmental variability and natural hazards on populated coastal regions.

This emerging effort about Coastlines and People is called CoPe.

The goal of this effort was to imagine Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal populated environments. Research Hubs could address issues operating at multiple scales, link science, community involvement, broadening participation, and education into developing pathways to sustainability in changing coastal environments.

UCAR engaged the scientific community in the development of emerging research needs related to CoPe, through three regional (San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA) and one virtual, concurrently-held scoping workshops on September 26-28, 2018.

The goals of the workshops were to identify the research needs and the optimal structure for research initiatives on Coastlines and People.

~100 distinct recommendations were generated from the scoping workshops. View the CoPe Scoping Workshops recommendations in the YouTube Embed below.

You may view and download white papers from the various scoping sessions here ยป

RESON Project

Funded by the NSF CoPe, this grant is for planning and developing a framework for a Regional Ecosystem Services Observation Network (RESON). RESON will guide the establishment of a biological monitoring network along the central and southern California coast.
Learn more about RESON.

This activity was supported by NSF Geosciences Directorate through award # 1844215.