As the impacts of human development on coastal resources continue to expand, the need for a leading academic institution to focus on answering land-sea interface questions has grown dramatically. The Coastal Center collaborates with local, state, federal and international agencies, NGOs, businesses, and institutions on research including coastal watershed assessment and management, coastal habitat and ecosystem management, the fate and transport of pollutants in the coastal zone, and pollutant load reduction from coastal dischargers.

The mission of IoES Coastal Center is to conduct research and provide recommendations on critical coastal water quality and natural resource management issues. Within the next five years, the Coastal Center will become one of California’s leading academic institutions working on land-sea interface issues.

Long Term Goals – Standing working relationships with coastal agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board, NOAA, NMFS, USGS, USFWS, EPA, the Ocean Protection Council, CDFW, the California Coastal Commission, the Ocean Protection Council, and the California Coastal Conservancy will be developed to the point that joint working agreements and projects between agencies and the center will be commonplace. Coastal research efforts with potential policy implication will be the focus of the center and it will become routine to provide policy and research recommendations as part of the completed research project papers.

The primary priorities of the center are conservation and pollution reduction and prevention research within coastal watersheds and the coastal zone.

From the UCLA Environment Newsroom

Microbeads are often mistaken for food sources by fish, which digest them along with the toxins that they carry | Photo: 5 Gyres

Microbeads: Water’s Tiny Trash Problem

Originally posted by KCET’s “SoCal Connected” It’s a new kind of plastic that is too small to recycle and too tiny to filter out of our waste water. They are called microbeads. Thousands of them are put into skin cleansers, … Continued


Taking on Water

UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Hammer Museum partner to present a year-long series of public programs about water

Mark Gold

Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Upcoming Events

Who Owns Water?
California laws determining ownership of groundwater are a convoluted tangle rooted in England’s common law. With the drought and other supply constrictors as a backdrop, a dynamic panel of experts illuminates who owns this necessity, why, and the ramifications.
October 29, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

La Source
​As Los Angeles dips into a time of water scarcity, the Hammer screens this documentary about a village in Haiti where obtaining safe drinking water has never been easy.
November 24, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles
Achieving 100 percent water sustainability by 2050 is one of the goals of the UCLA Grand Challenge Team. Join some of the world’s top experts in climate change, water quality and supply, public policy, law, and more to discuss the feasibility of the goal, potential ways to get there, and the importance of local water self-sufficiency for L.A. businesses and families.
December 2, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:10 AM

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