UCSC Center for Coastal Climate Resilience

Welcome to the UCSC Center for Coastal Climate Resilience

Sitting on the edge of the Monterey Bay and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, UC Santa Cruz is nationally recognized for its marine science and coastal sustainability research. We are uniquely situated to develop innovative strategies to enhance coastal resilience in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Our internationally renowned faculty and researchers bring important and varied expertise connecting Science & Research, Policy and Practice; Training and Engagement.

The UCSC Center for Coastal Climate Resilience is based centrally in the Office of Research under the Vice Chancellor for Research. The center aims to advance campus research and to partner with state and federal agencies as well as private foundations to address coastal climate change, resilience, and sustainability. The center has been established with a state budget allocation of $20 million and core faculty are supported additionally by large grants from NSF Coastlines & People, NOAA, US Department of Defense, and the AXA Research Fund among others. 


three groups: science & research; policy & practice; training & engagement

Solutions-Oriented Outcomes

in Communities, Agencies, Businesses & Organizations

Demonstration Projects │ Policy Briefs │ Agency Consultancy │ Public-Private Partnerships │ Decision Support Tools │ Public Exhibits │ OpEds │ Documentaries │ Engaged Communities │ Improved Environmental & Business Practices│ Innovative Finance


Across these three pillars, we are tackling the most pressing challenges facing coastal ecosystems and human communities, including coastal hazards, food security, biodiversity loss, freshwater supply, energy, and human health.

Our center leaders bring important and varied expertise, including data science and modeling, economic forecasting and environmental mitigation to deep community-based research and dissemination practices, to the challenges we face from climate change. Examples of previous and on-going projects

The Vision of the Center is to advance innovative solutions for building coastal resilience by engaging partners broadly and fostering leaders to address the challenges from climate change in California and beyond.

Climate change is putting people and nature at great risk on our coasts in California and beyond. The center will focus on solutions to address these risks and to help to build resilience to them. We will focus our campus efforts  in identifying solutions that can benefit people and nature in coastal communities. We will expand our role in building the workforce needed to address the challenges of climate change, and the center will help to grow and engage new climate resilience leaders. With partners across communities, agencies, and businesses we aim to make our coasts safer and more resilient in the face of climate change.