The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) was part of a panel on climate change hosted by U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal in Long Beach September 2.

COAST Director Krista Kamer, PhD, informed Lowenthal and local leaders about what the program is doing to tackle climate change statewide and how lawmakers can use the CSU’s network of expertise in decision and policy making related to the issue.

Panelists addressed climate change topics including identifying areas of the community that are most vulnerable to its effects and current projects and initiatives underway that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resiliency. They also identified areas in which Lowenthal could make a difference in Congress.

Dr. Kamer gave an overview of COAST, which integrates CSU’s systemwide resources to advance knowledge of natural coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them. She also went over how COAST is addressing climate change and preserving Southern California’s ecosystems.

Dr. Kamer was joined by experts from local water districts, environmental agencies and researchers from universities including the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.