Changing climate, changing coasts...

Our coastlines are under siege from the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and more powerful storms are shrinking our beaches and diminishing the public’s ability to enjoy these special places. Pollution from fossil fuels is altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine life and whole ecosystems.

The good news is that solutions to these problems are within our grasp. Surfrider is at the forefront of efforts to help coastal communities adapt to a changing climate. Please scroll down to learn more about Surfrider’s work on climate change.

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Learn more about climate change and how 'adaptation' measures can proactively protect our coast and ocean against the threats of climate change.   

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What is Surfrider doing to help our eroding coastlines?

Surfrider is working to influence policy at the national and local levels to improve how coastal areas are managed and developed.  Across the country, we are participating in restoration projects and supporting ‘living shorelines’ that can withstand rising seas. We focus on strengthening land use planning documents to incorporate adaptation measures such as “set backs”, managed retreat, and other mechanisms that will support resilient beaches.

As sea levels rise, we will help identify and protect vulnerable coastal areas and infrastructure and prioritize public access.  As our ocean chemistry continues to change, we will educate decision makers about ocean acidification and encourage the planting Ocean Friendly Gardens to create “living soils” that trap carbon and reduce nutrient runoff.

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Collecting ocean data with a unique tool.

Researchers and scientists have been scrambling to obtain baseline information about changing ocean chemistry for the past several years.  But collecting data in a nearshore environment like the surf zone with high-energy dynamics is not easy.  However, this challenge didn’t deter a few scientists and researchers who recently developed a new tool to further this critical area of research.  Their tool? A surfboard.

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Protecting The Places We Love

Easy Ways to get involved

  • Join a restoration project in your area.
  • Influence policy change by working with Surfrider Staff and Chapters to advocate for proactive planning and building climate change resilient communities. 
  • Plant an Ocean Friendly Garden. Reducing hard surfaces in our neighborhoods and watersheds promotes more robust coastal ecosystems that will ‘weather storms’ better; and help absorb CO2.
  • Donate.  Climate change is one of the largest issues this generation will face, and Surfrider needs to help fund experts and Staff in order to protect our coast from the impacts of climate change. 
  • Drive less and curb your consumption of single use plastic that is made of petroleum (i.e. fossil fuels).

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Upcoming Events

Sep 7-Sep 8: California Adaptation Forum
Join hundreds of experts and climate change adaptation advocate's and learn about new strategies to protect our coastline and waterways from sea level rise.
Dec 10-Dec 15: The Summit
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and The Coastal Society (TCS) proudly present the Summit, which will bring together the coastal restoration and management communities for an integrated discussion to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit will provide timely and much-needed attention to the challenges and opportunities for coastal and estuarine restoration and management. It will bring together a unique blend of people who are involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management.
May 9-May 11: National Adaptation Forum Action today for a better tomorrow May 9-11, 2017 - Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow.

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Read Surfrider's position on how climate change impacts our ocean and coastal resources. 

Learn more about Surfrider's position on Coasal Preservation.

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Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, California Policy Manager

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