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Monitoring how El Niño changes the California coast

Climate change and the accompanying sea-level rise are changing California s shoreline, impacting coastal communities and coastal habitats. Monitoring these changes and evaluating effective ways to combat climate change are important to preserving the California coast.

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Monitoring how El Niño changes the California coast

Climate change and the accompanying sea-level rise are changing California s shoreline, impacting coastal communities and coastal habitats. Monitoring these changes and evaluating effective ways to combat climate change are important to preserving the California coast.
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Using geo-tagged images captured by anyone with a smartphone, crowd sourcing can contribute to a map of the shoreline as it looks under El Niño conditions; this could provide real, on-the-ground data that can be used to test the accuracy of scientific models. Monitoring both gradual and episodic changes to the shoreline as they happen could provide real-world evidence to support models that predict impacts of sea-level rise. The more accurate these models are, the better communities can plan to protect people and nature into the future.

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