BEACON Science Advisory Committee Activites

In November 2020, the BEACON Board approved Bylaws for the BEACON Science Advisory Committee (SC) and appointed the 12 original members. Throughout 2021, the BEACON SAC has been active meeting several times and completing several tasks, including convening a Managers-Scientist Workshop and completing a draft of a BEACON Research Agenda.

Starting in January 2021, the BEACON SAC has been meeting and reviewing how science research and data collection can be improved enhanced and expanded to increase alignment with and better inform decision-making, and to better address the related topics of regional sediment management (RSM), coastal resource and ecosystem management, and regional climate change and sea level rise (SLR) adaptation planning.[1]

The Santa Barbara Littoral Cell (SBLC) drains several large coastal watersheds providing sediment and sand to the coast. This important coastal region faces many threats and many challenges, including many management and governance demands, requiring BEACON to seek out the best available science and support any new initiatives, or activities that would assist with improved decision-making and improved outcomes.

A key objective going forward is to bridge the identified gaps between science and decision-making, better integrating science into BEACON’s program and project initiatives. BEACON can serve as a facilitator, connecting regional to local coastal resilience, science, and decision-making. While the pace of science research in the BEACON coast is accelerating, the pathways between these science efforts and BEACON’s programs and policies remain weak.

Activities of the SAC will be posted to this section of the BEACON website, as will any important documents and/or reports.


[1] SAC Agenda and Meeting Minutes, January 19, 2021 and SAC Agenda and Meeting Minutes, January 29, 2021.

Science Advisory Committee Updates

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