Climate Science Alliance under Pairis wins NOAA Resilience Grant
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Editor's note: Fellow Amber Pairis launched the Climate Science Alliance with help from a Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Leadership Grant.

The Climate Science Alliance - South CoastSan Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, and Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserve secured an extremely competitive NOAA Coastal Resilience grant for $689,500. The project is one of only six grants awarded out of a pool of 150 national proposals, and is the first West Coast project to receive funding from this landmark federal program to help prepare local communities for coastal storms and flooding.

“This award reflects the strong partnerships in San Diego around climate and planning for changing and adaptable ecosystems in Southern California,” says Deb Schlafmann, California LCC Coordinator. “The grant will advance the good work of the community and California LCC's key partner, the Climate Science Alliance - South Coast.”

This landmark federal funding will assist San Diego coastal cities currently working to address coastal flooding and sea level rise vulnerabilities--Carlsbad, Del Mar, Imperial Beach--by bringing in scientific, legal, and economic expertise.

“By leveraging the unique expertise we have in this region, we can collectively develop innovative and creative solutions to safeguard our communities and natural places from climate impacts,” says Amber Pairis, Director of the Climate Science Alliance.

To learn more about this award and the other NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants awarded, go to

To learn more about the partners engaged in the Climate Science Alliance - South Coast, visit:!about-/c1d3.

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