Our Ocean Backyard Archive

Gary Griggs

Gary Griggs is Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, the UC Santa Cruz, research organization that includes Long Marine Lab and is affiliated with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Griggs’ coastal research ranges from coastal evolution and development to shoreline processes, coastal hazards, coastal engineering, and sea level rise. He has recently documented coastal erosion processes and has evaluated the effectiveness of coastal protection structures and the impacts of coastal engineering projects (seawalls, jetties, breakwaters) on coastal processes and beaches. He has also examined the impacts of sea level rise on California’s beaches and coastline as well as coastal policies to reduce the impacts of hazards and sea level rise.

Griggs writes a column every other week for the Santa Cruz Sentinel called “Our Ocean Backyard,” in which he addresses topics of interest regarding Monterey Bay and the ocean beyond. His passion for ocean science is the driver for the column, giving him the opportunity to share his knowledge and communicate the importance that ocean science plays in our daily lives.

Browse “Our Ocean Backyard” articles by topic:

The Global Ocean

Energy and Power

Climate Change

Coastal Erosion, Protection and Shoreline Change

Beaches

Coastal Geology

Waves, Currents and Sea-Level Rise

Natural Disasters

History of the Monterey Bay

Sea Life

Other

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Spotlight!

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 23 - October 1, 2017
Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

PARKING CHANGES
Beginning September 1, 2017, parking permits will be required. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

NOW HIRING
UCSC STUDENTS
Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

LOCALS "SEYMOUR"
IN SEPTEMBER
Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September!

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Field trip information and applications for the 2017-18 school year are available now.

Kids participate in the underwater robotics workshopUNDERWATER ROBOTICS
WORKSHOP
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Learn how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in this fun workshop!

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