California Coastal Legend Dr. Gary Griggs

June 19, 2022

A chat about the issues facing the CA coast with Dr. Griggs!

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to legendary California coastal geologist Dr. Gary Griggs. Having taught at UC Santa Cruz for over 50 years, and with no sign of slowing down, Gary has become a fixture on campus and on Golden State beaches everywhere. Gary's research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development, through shoreline processes, coastal hazards and coastal engineering, and sea level rise. We talk about the slate issues facing the California Coast, including SLR and managed retreat, desalination projects, and climate patters that determine El Nino and La Nina weather cycles. Don't miss it, only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.