Project Description: Kelp Forest Hydrodynamics in Restored Kelp Forests in Palos Verdes

Summary

The Bay Foundation in Southern California has an ongoing project restoring kelp forests in Southern California from urchin barrens. In conjunction with restoration efforts, we are measuring how the hydrodynamics of nearshore habitats change as kelp begins to grow back. We are also studying the role of kelp forest habitats in wave attenuation in nearshore habitats in erosion-prone areas.

Student Involvement

I am advising a graduate student, Kristen Elsmore from UC Davis, during this project. We are in the early phase of data collection and we plan on involving a CSUMB masters student and undergraduate students in subsequent field efforts in 2017.

Broader Significance

This project not only informs us how nearshore landscapes change as a foundation species is being restored, but also quantifies the ecosystem services of giant kelp via wave attenuation and storm protection in Southern California. The results of this study may lead to the development of climate change mitigation strategies.

IfAME PI

Dr. Kerry Nickols

Financial Support

California Coastal Conservancy

Field Support

N/A

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