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California’s near-shore terrestrial and marine coastal-shelf ecosystems are particularly sensitive to human perturbation and environmental change. The COAST Geospatial Network advances the use of interdisciplinary geospatial data visualization and analysis to enhance our ability to understand and manage interactions between humans and the environment, addressing a broad range of critical issues in the coastal zone.

The Geospatial Network promotes and facilitates research to address coastal management issues such as climate mediated impacts on the coastal environment, environmental and anthropogenic effects on marine and estuarine organisms, the analysis and quantification of coastal biodiversity, and public policy development and implementation.

Technology Education and Training
The Geospatial Network builds upon the CSU’s existing expertise and excellence in geospatial technology to bring together cutting-edge instrumentation and software, system-wide interdisciplinary networks and infrastructure, and earth and ocean digital databases to promote scientific research, classroom and field-based education and training, and improved coastal management options.

Strategic Benefits
In addition to promoting academic research, technology applications, and education, the network also supports strategic, long-term activities that include:

  • Engaging CSU geospatial experts with external stakeholders to foster partnerships among scientists, coastal resource managers and public participants.
  • Spatial literacy training of a diverse future work force skilled in the acquisition, analysis and application of geospatial data to address coastal management issues.
  • Applications of interdisciplinary spatial studies that provide quantitative and visual evidence to support and justify policy-making on a broad range of pressing environmental issues.

By integrating research, technology, and strategic benefits as three guiding themes the COAST Geospatial Network is positioned to build synergistic relationships across the 23 CSU campuses, facilitate coastal geospatial research and training, and train a new generation of CSU graduates equipped with the spatial literacy and interdisciplinary skill sets necessary to address current and emerging issues in California’s coastal environment. 

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