Eric Stein of Southern California Coastal Water Research Project will discuss incorporating Climate-Smart adaptive strategies into wetlands recovery in coastal Southern California.

There are significant barriers to decisions regarding how to restore and manage coastal wetlands in consideration of climate change effects. This project is working to develop a method to assess climate change-associated vulnerabilities at specific wetland locations. This is being accomplished by defining coastal archetypes based on wetland setting, form, and composition. Existing models and tools are being coupled with specific archetypes to help inform decision making. With an understanding of the vulnerabilities of wetland ecosystems, climate-smart adaptation strategies and designs can then be developed.