USC Sea Grant

Solving the Problems of the Urban Ocean

The University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Sea Grant Program, a network of 34 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. As a research center of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, USC Sea Grant contributes to solving the problems of the urban ocean while recognizing the opportunities for coastal commerce, recreation, and improving the quality of life in coastal regions across Southern California.

For over 50 years, USC Sea Grant’s research investments, education programs, and extension efforts have supported achievements in several key areas of importance, including: water quality, harmful algal blooms, toxicology, aquatic invasive species, marine wildlife and ecosystems, ports, marine transportation, coastal management, coastal community resilience, sea level rise, advances in “K-grey” marine science, and STEM education. The program works with stakeholders at the national, regional, state, and local levels to inspire better management of coastal systems throughout Southern California. Sea Grant catalyzes decision-makers, scientists, and the public to find solutions informed by the best available science, accessible and understood by all, and supported by diverse local communities.

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