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Few places are as iconic in the coastal city of Santa Cruz as Lighthouse Point. The story of how, bolstered by the Coastal Commission, citizens organized to win a battle that would come to stand as a watershed moment in the city's history.

Explore how the rural west has changed from the 1880s to today with this keynote address by historian David Kennedy

"Burning Man: Art & Technology" featured two scholars, a photojournalist, and a museum curator, who regaled attendees with a visual wonderland of images and critical insight into the ethos of Burning Man as a uniquely western art happening.

How do we quantify the far-reaching, indirect consequences of sea level rise and storm induced flooding? An exploration of how damage to buildings and infrastructure are compounded with indirect costs like disrupted commutes.

How do compound events, a changing climate, and management decisions alter flood risk? A presentation to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in Washington D.C. in December 2018.

China leads the world's wind energy market, but little has been written about public receptivity towards wind energy generators in China.

Leonard Ortolano
What can California and the Bay Area in particular learn about adapting to sea level rise from the experiences of cities and coastal areas in the East and South?

Interviews with Stanford students, alumni, and faculty about their experiences attending the annual art and music gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock desert.

December 20, 2018 | Video
The 2018 State of the West symposium focused on banking and infrastructure, two pillars of the western economy that will be vital to the region’s future development and prosperity.

Student presentations on sea level rise adaptation strategies around the United States, and how they might inform policy decisions on the Pacific Coast. Presented to a workshop on Dec. 10, 2018.

Overall, our study provides support for having grant programs include matching fund waivers and carefully designed scoring preferences to help reduce local capacity bias in grantsmanship.

We apply a variety of text mining techniques to meeting minutes to measure how stakeholder participation evolved over nine years of an Integrated Regional Water Management collaboration.

Phillip Polakoff, MD, talked with the Future Hindsight podcast about how an emphasis on prevention coupled with innovations in healthcare access and delivery can help us share greater health and equity for all Americans.

September 24, 2018 | Article
It’s not just the politics of climate change prevention that are knotty in the United States. Adaptation is proving just as difficult, writes Bruce Cain in The American Interest.

“With the general election approaching,” writes the Center’s summer research fellow Benek Robertson, “I hoped to highlight specific policy areas that could influence the general election and California politics for years to come.”

August 8, 2018 | Article
How an asthma epidemic turned Arvin, California against the oil industry.

July 27, 2018 | Presentation
A slide deck by Geoff McGhee offering helpful insight into how we define rural Western America.

The Center’s Felicity Barringer spoke to Phoenix public radio about her story on arid Baja California’s decision to use desalinated seawater to grow strawberries for export to the US.

A paper based on ideas participants discussed at the conference “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs,” addressing the five challenges that all water managers face.

In a departure from previous gatherings, the 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference took the form of an academic workshop focused on collaborative governance.


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