The southern west coast of California and Mexico are geologically defined by the subduction of the Farallon plate and the collision of the North American and the Pacific Plates. The physical earth processes that govern the environmental past, present, and future of the coast are independent of geopolitical borders. However, the scientists studying these processes are not. Bringing together researchers from the US and Mexico to share methods, data, and ideas strengthens our collective understanding of how the Pacific coast will respond to environmental changes at the local and global scale. This class brings together environmental science, data science, and science communication to deepen our understanding of the environmental challenges that are agnostic of geopolitical borders and build a stronger international, bilingual
environmental science community both in Ventura County, CA, USA, and in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This course will be for three credits. The trip will be approximately 9 days (with full scheduling of
those days), so it is suggested that the course meet for two hours per week during the spring 2023 semester. Our meetings during the semester will be a mix of face-to-face and asynchronous online content.