|The Monterey Bay Region is a unique geographical area on the Central California coast, bounded on land by Big Sur, the coastal mountains of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Lucia Range, and open to the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. UC Santa Cruz has established the Monterey Bay Regional Studies (MBRS) program to encourage understanding of the region's social, physical, ecological, and economic systems, and to develop effective strategies for environmental management and regional development. The program offers researchers an opportunity to investigate important issues connecting environmental and social processes with regional choices. Its broadly interdisciplinary approach reflects the richly diverse environments of the region itself.|
The region encompasses landscapes spanning undeveloped natural terrain of rare beauty and intensively used agricultural land and forests. Its economy combines agriculture, fishing, tourism, computer- and bio-technology, and scientific research. Its society is composed of diverse cultures learning to live and work together. And it faces the challenges of military base conversion, economic development, and California's increasing population and limited water resources.