Fog collection is a delicate, beautiful process. Dr. Daniel Fernandez has the largest network of fog collectors in the United States. On a good fog event, he might get 4 or 5 liters of water and hopes that this technology can be used to sustainably collect water for drought stricken areas.
There are 27 oil platforms off California’s coast, many of which no longer produce oil. Begging the question, why do these platforms remain? In an interview with KCRW, Dr. Sean Anderson, CSU Channel Islands, says many are already in the process of being decommissioned or shut down. These platforms were installed by big companies such as Exxon and Chevron with an agreement in place to remove them at the end of their lifespan. However, many were instead sold to smaller companies that don’t have the resources to remove them. Oil spills, such as the October 2021 Huntington Beach spill, has increased the pressure to end offshore oil extraction.
The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems program at CSU Monterey Bay has been renewed by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration for the next five years. This program works to diversify and advance the field of marine science by training undergraduate and graduate marine scientists. According to Dr. Corey Garza, the director of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems program at CSUMB, “this renewal is going to increase our contact with state and federal entities, which will increase opportunities for our students.”
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