Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/18/2022 - 00:00
On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham check in with Dr. Rob Young on the state of coastal adaptation in the wake of the major investments made in the space this year. A professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Rob is critical of the Corps's cost/benefit analysis and argues that coastal policy needs to better account for the true costs and benefits of shore protection projects in order to generate adaptive incentives. It's a great show with one of our favorite guests! Only on ASPN!
09/15/2022 - 20:00
Tune into this episode of Shorewords with Dr. Kate Musemeche in conversation about her new book, Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists who helped win World War II.  Dr. Kate’s book blends the early establishment of physical oceanography with naval history.  The podcast provides an account of researchers who pivoted from studying plankton, barnacles and crustaceans to providing voluminous information to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the tides, currents, waves and sediments that armed forces were likely to encounter as they landed on remote, and often under-studied, Pacific islands. This effort was led by Mary Sears, “the conscience of oceanography” whose work was posthumously acknowledged in 2000 with the launch of USNS Mary Sears, the first oceanographic survey ship named after a woman.
09/13/2022 - 19:52
In this episode of Going Coastal, Marissa and Jon chat with Brad Romine, Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist and Amy Wirts Coastal Lands Program Coordinator with the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant Program. Listen in and learn more about what Sea Grant does including the role extension plays in connecting science and policy.  Along the way, find out about the unique challenges and opportunities presented by working in a place with such a deep cultural connection to the coast. To find out more about the Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program, check out  For information on National Sea Grant programs tailored to students and new professionals click here: Anyone interested in joining ASBPA or their local chapter is invited to check out: As always, follow Marissa on LinkedIn: and Jon on LinkedIn: , Instagram and Twitter: @StevensCoastal to find out the latest from Going Coastal.
09/11/2022 - 20:00
On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Tom Ford, the Chief Executive Officer of The Bay Foundation, Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program, and Co-Executive Director of the Coastal Research Institute at Loyola Marymount University. Nearly two million people live in the Santa Monica Bay Watershed stretching from Ventura County to Palos Verdes, from the Santa Monica Mountains and Griffith Park to Baldwin Hills and out to the sea—and more than 5,000 species of animals, fish, birds, and plants make their home in the Bay and the Bay Watershed. The Bay Foundation (TBF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental group founded in 1990 to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. TBF is staffed by science and policy experts who are passionate about understanding and protecting the Bay and its watershed. This provides many benefits to people and wildlife, supports a strong economy, and improves our quality of life. TBF works with a broad group of stakeholders, including government agencies, environmental groups, local communities, industry leaders, and scientists, to create and put into action innovative projects that clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and restore natural habitats both on land and underwater, such as wetlands and kelp forests. TBF supports the U.S. EPA’s Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP). The SMBNEP is one of 28 similar programs established under Section 320 of the 1987 Clean Water Act and administered by the U.S. EPA. A central aspect of this work is the implementation of 44 goals, as defined in the SMBNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). This publicly developed and adopted plan of action provides a road map for the protection and restoration of Santa Monica Bay and local interests. Learn more about the SMBNEP. For further details, reference the Memorandum of Agreement between the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and The Bay Foundation regarding the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program.