Given the variety of interests we engage with, it is helpful to think of our science activities in terms of what ‘system level’ they focus on. Sometimes, the key to solving the puzzle occurs at a geological or ecological process level (e.g. stream temperature changes, storm surge frequency and severity etc.) while at other times the key is to look directly at how species or communities respond to change. We pursue strategic activities at whichever level they occur. Examples of the types of questions that LCC sponsored projects may address are included in the boxes within each system level.
The geophysical and oceanographic systems form the basis for all of the other systems. Landscapes and coastal systems are driven largely by processes at the geophysical or oceanographic levels, while biological systems are responding to the landscape/coastal processes as well as to the geophysical and oceanographic levels. Human systems depend upon all of the other systems. Each system level not only responds to conditions at the system levels below, but also can be affected by the conditions at higher levels.