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The Hermosa Beach coastline, looking north from the Hermosa Beach Pier.

The Surfrider Foundation and the USC Sea Grant will discuss climate change and the changing shorelines at the next Happy Hour with History, hosted by the Hermosa Beach Historical Society and Museum Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Surfrider volunteer and Hermosa Beach resident Jose Bacallao said the event is a way to engage the community and become more educated about the issue of sea level rise and its future impact.

“It's not going to be a big scientific lecture on sea level rise or importance of changing human behavior, it is going to be about looking at snapshots on how our coastline has changed over time and inviting people to participate, to get involved,” said Bacallao, a marine biologist who had worked for Heal the Bay for 15 years.

Joining Bacallao will be Linda Chilton, USC Sea Grant education program's manager, and Nick Sadrpour, science, research and policy specialist, also from USC Sea Grant. The USC Sea Grant Education Program focuses on climate change science and adaptation planning, coastal ecosystems science, coastal management policy and planning, among other environmental issues.

Bacallao said they will be discussing USC Sea Grant's Urban Tidelines community science initiative, where community members can go to the beach or coastline, take and submit photos, to help them document coastal changes year-round.

“Frankly policy makers and government are going to make decisions and they don't always use people's input and it's important that people are involved in the policy making,” Bacallao said.

The event is free, but RSVP's are welcome on the museum's Facebook page, and takes place at the Hermosa Beach Museum, located at 710 Pier Ave.

For more information, visit hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org, or call (310) 318-9421.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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