Alliance Helps Facilitate Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan Development Workshop


The Climate Science Alliance, in partnership with the City of Carlsbad, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, kicked off the first in a series of expert workshops designed to inform development of the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan (BLRP).

The Climate Science Alliance, in partnership with the City of Carlsbad, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, kicked off the first in a series of expert workshops designed to inform development of the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan (BLRP).

This workshop brought together a diverse group of land managers, researchers, and agencies involved in and around the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve (Reserve). The purpose of this workshop was to start thinking about how to plan for and embrace uncertainty through scenario planning with a focus on physical changes. Fred Sandquist, of Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, opened up with a welcome followed by Dani Boudreau of Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve introducing the scenario planning process. Gabriel Penaflor of the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife shared current and future management priorities at the Reserve and Dr. Dan Cayan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography outlined relevant key findings from the CA 4th Climate Assessment.

The workshop ended with a facilitated dialogue that invited participants to connect on and discuss the impacts of sea level rise and increasing temperatures on tidal circulation and sediment, salinity regimes, and inundation and flooding. This input will be used to further develop scenarios that outline the potential abiotic and biotic implications of increased temperatures and sea level rise within the Reserve. These scenarios will ultimately help inform management decision at the Reserve.

For more information on the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan, please visit www.climatesciencealliance.org/blrp.

Photo of a Climate Kids-Tribes field trip to Batiquitos Lagoon.

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