El Nino 2015-16 and California sandy beaches

Carton drawing of California coast with labels to show the impact of El Nino on regional beaches.

Detailed Description

The imact of the 2015-16 El Niño on California's sandy beaches

The 2015-16 El Niño Winter Pattern showed:

  1. state-wide, dynamic response (typically extreme erosion and accretion) at river mouths
  2. on the central coast, high erosion at the northern end of the embayments, lower erosion/stability at the southern end
  3. on the southern coast, accretion/stability on north side of shore-normal structures and erosion on the south side, which is the opposite of the 1997-98 El Niño winter observations

This graphic shows how the 2015-16 El Niño winter wave direction differs from a typical El Niño, as well as how the shoreline change differs in northern, central, and southern California in the 2015-16 El Niño versus long-term (1998-2016).


Image Dimensions: 839 x 1085

Location Taken: CA, US