Facility focused on coastal sustainability comes with hefty US$500-million price tag.
By Virginia Gewin
California has no shortage of high-profile marine research institutes — from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla in the south, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute farther north, in Moss Landing.
But backers of a plan to convert a 100-year-old dock in the Port of Los Angeles into a US$500-million research centre and business park called AltaSea say that there is still an untapped niche in ocean science — a facility focused on making Los Angeles and other coastal cities sustainable by helping them to adapt to climate change, to become more energy efficient and to reduce marine pollution.
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