Last season’s El Nino didn’t bring a lot of rain to Southern California. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says it may a have actually been one of the most powerful climate events in the last 150 years.
Ecologist David Hubbard with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute is among a team of researchers who examined the 2015/2016 El Nino and its impact on beach erosion of the Pacific Coast. The results were astonishing.
“The erosion was 76% higher than normal. Most of the beaches in California eroded beyond their historic extremes.”
Scientists collected data from 29 beaches along more than 1,200 miles of coastline.