Adam Young is an assistant project scientist in the Integrative Oceanography Division and Center for Coastal Studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Young’s research focuses on coastal physical processes and quantitative coastal evolution on time scales relevant to modern society. He is specifically interested in coastal erosion, hazards, geomorphology, sea level rise, sediment budgets, and anthropogenic influences on the coastal system.

Young uses field based and remote sensing instrumentation including lidar, seismometers, ocean wave sensors, video monitoring, DGPS, and a newly developed micro-erosion meter to quantify coastal process interaction. His studies have focused intensively on California coastal cliffs, and recently expanded to include sites in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and North Carolina. 

Young’s research has received state and national awards, international media attention, and was recognized by the California State Senate for excellence.

Young received his BS in civil engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and MS and PhD from UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  He worked as a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego and Scripps and visiting fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia.