Solving the Mysteries of Coastal Fog Systems

A community-driven research planning exercise led by Dr. Weathers identified a need to study coastal fog as a system in order to be able to predict, model and understand the connections among ocean, atmosphere, and land as well as identify the effects of fog on climate, ecology, agriculture, and human health and well being.

Fog is commonplace in many coastal geographies, notably the west coasts of California, Chile, and Africa. In many Pacific coastal systems, fog is the primary—sometimes the only—source of water for plant communities and human settlements. It is a fundamental moderator of local and regional climate and influences productivity of near-coast terrestrial ecosystems. 

Changes in fog occurrence could impact the wine industry, which was valued at $13.4 billion in fog-affected Sonoma County, in 2012.

The fog research community came together to develop an interdisciplinary research agenda and is now poised to collaboratively implement that ambitious agenda.

Recognizing the need for an interdisciplinary approach to fog research, a diverse group of multidisciplinary scientists was engaged over the course of several meetings to identify gaps in knowledge and fog research frontiers. The planning exercise confirmed the need for an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach and also resulted in a conceptual framework for studying coastal fog systems.

Conceptual framework.


Weathers et al. 2014. Fog Research Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda for Coastal Fog Systems. 

Solving the Mysteries of Coastal Fog. (.pdf)

Pescadero Coastal Fog Workshop Summary, June 2013. (.pdf)


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