A recent article by The Orange County Register called attention to the cultural and historic spaces poised to be impacted by climate change driven sea-level rise and coastal erosion.

In partnership with UCI researchers, including the Blum Center’s own Brett Sanders, the Crystal Cover Conservancy has been restoring the historic Cottages located in Crystal Cove State Beach with an eye to the future and ensuing sea level rise.

Dr. Sanders, a leading expert on coastal flood dynamics and erosion, is quoted in the article discussing both the challenges of balancing cultural and recreational needs with environmental needs, but also the opportunity that the Crystal Cove project offers for improving and innovating. Part of that innovation has been instituting an educational program, focused on preparing high schoolers for future engineering careers with knowledge and measurement skills necessary to manage sea level rise and improve the resiliency of the coast as the climate changes.

Read the full article here.