The West Coast is experiencing unprecedented erosion on many of its beaches, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report published this week in the journal “Nature Communications.” Scientists examined coastal changes at 29 beaches across Washington, Oregon and California, finding that the 2015-2016 El Nino caused unprecedented erosion. We discuss the findings and what can be done to protect California’s coastal areas.
Extreme Oceanographic Forcing and Coastal Response Due to the 2015-2016 El Niño (Nature Communications)
Patrick Barnard, coastal geologist, U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
Lesley Ewing, senior coastal engineer, California Coast Commission San Francisco Office