Technical Tours

Full and Half-Day Technical Tours will be offered on Friday, May 15th.


Half-Day: South San Diego: Point Loma to Imperial Beach
Time: 9 AM to 2 PM
Meal: Box lunch

The Coronado-Silver Strand-Imperial Beach coast is one of the most highly altered stretches of shoreline in southern California.  The tour will highlight changes (natural and man-made) to sand beaches and wildlife habitats. The tour will begin at Cabrillo National Monument at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, a spectacular vantage point overlooking coastline from the San Diego harbor to Coronado and the U.S.-Mexico border. The tour will include a drive through the City of Coronado, past the famous Hotel Del Coronado, along the Silver Strand, ending with a visit to the Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center.  A boxed lunch will be provided.


Half-Day: Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Time: 9 AM to 2 PM
Meal: Box lunch

The world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), founded in 1903, is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean, earth, and atmospheric science research and education in the world. The SIO tour will include visits to the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP), Hydraulics Lab, and Experimental Aquarium and will end with a Scripps Pier (usually closed to the public) walk and discussion of the local geology and geomorphology. This tour will involve some walking (downhill) between research labs. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Participants can extend their tour with a visit to the Birch Aquarium (admission price not included) or the University of California San Diego, via a short shuttle bus ride from the pier. However, transportation back to the hotel ($25 cab) will not be provided to those who extend their tour.


Full Day: San Diego's Erosional Coastline, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Time: 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Meal: Box lunch & snack

San Diego's erosional coastline of beaches, sea cliffs, and lagoons will be highlighted. Natural and human induced sediment issues will be discussed, beginning at Oceanside Harbor, a microcosm of southern California sediment supply and transport issues. Oceanside illustrates the complex cost/benefit relationship between beaches, harbors, and wetlands. Featured points on this trip will include the Carlsbad seawall, Bataquitos Lagoon, bluffs at Beacons Beach, and the Cardiff State Beach sand nourishment site for the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project. The tour will stop at the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography to visit various research labs, and to walk on the Scripps pier.