This project will develop and demonstrate an integrated approach to sediment management that considers sediment production and transport processes from watershed, through coastal wetlands to the coastal ocean. A two-stage approach will be used in which two southern Cal. estuaries will be investigated.
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
A determination of the rates and timing of sediment flux from the San Diego Creek/Upper Newport Bay Watershed and Tijuana River Watershed into their estuaries change in response to climatic cycles and management practices. An estimate of how much sediment is accumulating inside estuaries or exiting to the ocean and assess how near-shore sediment transport affects the coastal zone of impact from the river plume. Application of developed model to a range of river systems, such as the Eel, Navarro, Russian, Scott, San Lorenzo, Salinas, Carmel, Santa Maria, and Ventura, where information may be incomplete.
Monitoring, Water Management, Research/Planning (including Science)
Humboldt, Mendocino, Monterey, Orange, San Diego