Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

  • The relationship between incident wave energy and seacliff erosion rates

    Benumof, B.T., Storlazzi, C.D., Seymour, R.J., Griggs, G.B., 2000.  The relationship between incident wave energy and seacliff erosion rates: San Diego County, California. Journal of Coastal Research, 17(4), 1162-1178.

  • The dependence of seacliff erosion rates on material properties and physical processes

    Benumof, B.T. and Griggs, G.B., 1999. The dependence of seacliff erosion rates on material properties and physical processes: San Diego County, California. Shore & Beach, Journal of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, 67, (4), 29-41.

  • Coastal Erosion Hazards in Santa Cruz and San Diego Counties, California

    Moore, L.J., Benumof, B.T., Griggs, G.B., 1999. Coastal Erosion Hazards in Santa Cruz and San Diego Counties, California.  Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 28, 121-139.

  • Monitoring coastal impacts of the 1997-1998 El Niño storms along the California coast.

    Benumof, B.T. et al. (UCSC/USGS cooperative research investigation), 1998. Monitoring coastal impacts of the 1997-1998 El Niño storms along the California coast. Shore & Beach, 66, (3), 24-32.

Published Legal Papers

  • Water Rate Pricing Under Proposition 218: The State of the Problem or the Problem of the State

    Water rate pricing is one of the state's most contested water law issues.

  • "Aliens Among Us" The Perils of Expert Witness Testimony.

    Benumof, J.B. and Benumof, B.T. (2012).  ‘Aliens Among Us': The Perils of Expert Witness Testimony.  Anesthesiology News, Vol. 38, No. 3, p. 24-26.

  • The Use and Limitations of Soil Testing for Predicting Foundation Settlement and Reducing Legal Exposure.

    Benumof, B.T. (2007). The Use and Limitations of Soil Testing for Predicting Foundation Settlement and Reducing Legal Exposure.  Orange County Business Journal, Vol. 30 No. 47, A-64-65.

  • Strategies To Demonstrate Adequate Water Supplies For New Development.

    Staples, M.A. and Benumof, B.T. (2007). Strategies To Demonstrate Adequate Water Supplies For New Development.  California Water Law & Policy Conference Proceedings, June 2007.

  • Groundwork -It's Not Grading - It's Mining Now

    Benumof, B.T. (2004). Groundwork – It's Not Grading – It's Mining Now.  Southern California Contractors Association Magazine, September/October 2004, 26-27.

  • Looking Out for "Unforeseen" Geologic Conditions.

    Benumof, B.T. (2004).  Looking Out for “Unforeseen” Geologic Conditions.  Southern California Contractors Association Magazine, July/August 2004, 24-25.

  • The Foreseeability of "Unforeseen" Geologic Conditions.

    Benumof, B.T. (Summer 2004).  The Foreseeability of “Unforeseen” Geologic Conditions. Orange County Business Journal, Vol. 27 No. 33, A-44, A-54. (Also published in From The Ground Up, Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP, Vol. Summer 2004, 4-7).

  • The Applicability, Appropriateness, and Enforcement of the “Background Levels” Standard for Toxic Sediment Cleanup Under California State Water Resources Board Resolution 92-49.

    Benumof, B.T., (Spring 2003).  The Applicability, Appropriateness, and Enforcement of the “Background Levels” Standard for Toxic Sediment Cleanup Under California State Water Resources Board Resolution 92-49.  University of San Diego Law Review, Vol. 40:2, 749-780.

  • Termination Caused By The Contractor's Lack of Financial Resources To Finance Cost Overruns: Who's Responsible.

    Niesley, R.C. and Benumof, B.T. (Fall 2002).  Termination Caused By The Contractor's Lack of Financial Resources To Finance Cost Overruns: Who's Responsible.  Presented at the Construction SuperConference.

Expert Witness Testimony

  • Surfrider Foundation v. City of Solana Beach

    Surfrider Foundation v. City of Solana Beach, Superior Court of San Diego County (03/24/03), Judge Lisa Guy-Schall presiding (favorable ruling citing expert testimony about coastal erosion in San Diego County).

Scientific Guidebooks

  • Guidebook for the 1998 Spring Coastal Geology Fieldtrip

    Benumof, B.T. (ed.), 1998.  Coastal Geology of San Diego County, California. Guidebook for the 1998 Spring Coastal Geology Fieldtrip, Coastal Geology and Imaging Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz, 122p.

Published Reports

  • Geologic Investigations Report on the Proposed Redevelopment of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

    Benumof, B.T., 2000.  Geologic Investigations Report on the Proposed Redevelopment of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  Prepared for NOAA and SRI International, 12p.

  • Sea Cave Investigations Field Data, Isla Del Coco, Costa Rica.

    Benumof, B.T. and Lockwood, J.P., 2000.  Sea Cave Investigations Field Data, Isla Del Coco, Costa Rica.  Prepared for the Government of Costa Rica and the Puffin Investment Company, Ltd., 49p.

  • Geologic Investigations Field Report, Isla Del Coco, Costa Rica.

    Lockwood, J.P. and Benumof, B.T., 2000.  Geologic Investigations Field Report, Isla Del Coco, Costa Rica.  Prepared for the Government of Costa Rica and the Puffin Investment Company, Ltd., 29p.

Published Maps

  • Surface lava flows of the proposed new Hawaii Island Correctional Facility

    Benumof, B.T. and Lugosi, J.D., 1999.  Surface lava flows of the proposed new Hawaii Island Correctional Facility: Generated for the State of Hawaii at the University of California, Santa Cruz, scale 1:100,000, 1 sheet.

  • Erosion hazard maps for the San Diego County, California shoreline

    Benumof, B.T., 1998. Erosion hazard maps for the San Diego County, California shoreline: Generated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Coastal Geology and Imaging Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz, scale 1:5000, 11 sheets.

  • Erosion history maps for eight coastal cliff sites along the San Diego County, California shoreline

    Benumof, B.T., 1998. Erosion history maps for eight coastal cliff sites along the San Diego County, California shoreline: Coastal Geology and Imaging Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz, scale 1:3500, 8 sheets.

Papers in Proceedings Volumes from Major National Meetings

  • FEMA and state-of-the-art coastal erosion mapping along the San Diego County, California shoreline

    Benumof, B.T., Moore, L.J., and Griggs, G.B. 1998.  FEMA and state-of-the-art coastal erosion mapping along the San Diego County, California shoreline.  In: California's Coastal Natural Hazards.  Proceedings from the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association's annual meeting (Santa Barbara, CA),  California University of Southern California SeaGrant Program, Los Angeles, CA, pp. 86-97.

  • Coastal Erosion: The State of the Problem and the Problem of the State

    Benumof, B.T., Griggs, G.B., Moore, L.J., 1997.  Coastal Erosion: The State of the Problem and the Problem of the State. In: California and World Ocean Conference Proceedings, San Diego, CA, vol.1, pp. 505-514.

Abstracts

  • Hydrogeologic and Legal Feasibility of Remote Extraction From a Groundwater Basin

    Kear, J. and Benumof, B.T., 2005. Hydrogeologic and Legal Feasibility of Remote Extraction From a Groundwater Basin.  101st Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, San Jose, California.

  • High-Resolution Multibeam Survey of the Insular Shelf and Slope of Windward and Southern Oahu

    Field, M.E., Gardner, J.V., Mayer, L.A., Hughes-Clarke, J.E., and Benumof, B.T., 1998. High-Resolution Multibeam Survey of the Insular Shelf and Slope of Windward and Southern Oahu, Hawai'i.  American Geophysical Union, Annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California

  • Seacliff erosion in San Diego County, California: Improved tools for assessing seacliff stability

    Benumof, B.T., Storlazzi, C.D., Griggs, G.B., and Seymour, R.J., 1998.  Seacliff erosion in San Diego County, California: Improved tools for assessing seacliff stability.  California Shore and Beach Preservation Association Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, California.

Major Invited Lectures

  • Surface Fault Ruptrue: New Mitigation Concepts and Political Challenges

    On May 10, 2013 as a keynote speaker at the Orange Country Water District in a Knowledge and Technology Transfer Workshop event sponsored by AEG, ASCE, and EERI, Ben Benumof delivered a speech on "Surface Fault Rupture: New Mitigation Concepts and Political Challenges."

  • Panel discussion with Director of the UCI Urban Water Research Center, Dr. William Cooper, about documentary film “Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water.”

    April 5, 2012. Panel discussion with Director of the UCI Urban Water Research Center, Dr. William Cooper, about documentary film “Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water.” University of California, Irvine, Engineering Department.

  • Panel discussion with Director of the UCI Urban Water Research Center, Dr. William Cooper, about "World Water Day."

    March 22, 2012. Panel discussion with Director of the UCI Urban Water Research Center, Dr. William Cooper, about “World Water Day.” Chapman University

  • To Be Or Not To Be An Active Fault?

    February 7, 2011. “To Be Or Not To Be An Active Fault?”  Regular meeting of the South Coast Geological Society, Irvine, California.

  • Investigating and Developing Water Supplies for Development Projects Off The Beaten Path

    November 3, 2005.  “Investigating and Developing Water Supplies for Development Projects Off The Beaten Path.”  4thAnnual California Water Law & Policy Conference, San Diego, California.

  • Hydrogeologic and Legal Feasibility of Remote Extraction From a Groundwater Basin

    April 29, 2005.  “Hydrogeologic and Legal Feasibility of Remote Extraction From a Groundwater Basin.”  101st Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, San Jose, California.

  • The Foreseeability of "Unforeseen" Geologic Conditions - Coast Geological Society

    October 19, 2004.  “The Foreseeability of ‘Unforeseen' Geologic Conditions.”  Coast Geological Society, Ventura, California.

  • The Foreseeability of "Unforeseen" Geologic Conditions - Association of Engineering Geologists

    October 12, 2004.  “The Foreseeability of ‘Unforeseen' Geologic Conditions.”  Association of Engineering Geologists, City of Commerce, California.

  • Coastal cliff erosion and the interplay between environmental forcing and variables affecting cliff retreat in San Diego County

    May 1, 1998.  “Coastal cliff erosion and the interplay between environmental forcing and variables affecting cliff retreat in San Diego County.” United States Geological Survey Marine Geology Lecture Series, Menlo Park, California.

TV Apperances and Educational Videos

  • Interview with Mark Matovich explaining the importance of offshore geology

    “Beyond Monster Maverick's”, 1996.  Interview with Mark Matovich explaining the importance of offshore geology in the focusing of wave energy at Maverick's, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, California.

  • Interview with Ronnie Loaiza describing coastal cliff erosion research in San Diego, California.

    CBS, Channel 8 News, February 26, 1998. Interview with Ronnie Loaiza describing coastal cliff erosion research in San Diego, California.

Education

Benjamin T. Benumof, Ph.D., Esq.
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
B.S., Geological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara
B.A., Geography, UC Santa Barbara

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