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California Current Ecosystem LTER - CCE


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NSF Award(s) OCE-0417616 , OCE-1026607 (View all sites)

The California Current Ecosystem (CCE) is a coastal upwelling biome, as found along the eastern margins of all major ocean basins. These are among the most productive coastal ecosystems in the world ocean. The CCE sustains active fisheries for a variety of finfish and marine invertebrates, modulates weather patterns and the hydrologic cycle of much of the western United States, and plays a vital role in the economy of myriad coastal communities.
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Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Mark Ohman
Primary Contact: Mark Ohman
Information Mgr: James Conners
Education Contact: Charina Cain
Graduate Student Representative: Amanda Netburn
Social Science Representative: Junjie Zhang
Climate Science Representative: Arthur Miller
Communication Representative:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: (858) 534-2754
Fax: (858) 534-2779
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Site History
This new site will build on what has been learned from the unparalleled suite of coastal observations developed by CalCOFI (the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations) since its inception in 1949, but move far beyond that program. The new site will focus specifically on the mechanisms leading to transitions between ecosystem states.
Research Topics
Comparative studies across sites with interests in alternate stable states, El Niņo and lower-frequency forcing, and the role of top-down impacts on ecosystem dynamics. A long term goal for this site is to develop a mechanistic, coupled bio-physical model for understanding and forecasting the consequences of El Niņo and low-frequency climate forcing on pelagic ecosystems of the California Current and similar biomes.
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Site Location
Lat: +32.87360 | Long. -120.27980

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature c 17.6c c
Precipitation mm/year 258 mm/year mm/year