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NSF Award(s) OCE-9982105 , OCE-0620276 (View all sites)

The Santa Barbara Coastal LTER is located in the coastal zone of southern California near Santa Barbara. It is bounded by the steep east-west trending Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal plain to the north and the unique Northern Channel Islands archipelago to the south. Point Conception, where the coast of California returns to a north to south orientation, lies at the western boundary, and the Santa Clara River marks its eastern edge.The site lies on the active boundary of the Pacific Oceanic Plate and the North American Continental Plate. High levels of tectonic activity have created dramatic elevation gradients in both the terrestrial and the underwater landscapes of the site. The Santa Barbara Channel includes some of the deepest ocean basins known on the continental shelf along with remarkable submarine canyons and escarpments.
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Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Dan Reed
Primary Contact: Jenifer Dugan
Information Mgr: Margaret O'Brien
Education Contact: Scott Simon
Graduate Student Representative: Christie Yorke
Social Science Representative: David Carr
Climate Science Representative: John Melack
Communication Representative:
Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150
Phone: 805-893-2071
Fax: 805-893-8062
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Site History
The SBC LTER was established in April 2000. The kelp forests, coastal ocean and watersheds of this area have been studied independently for many years.
Research Topics
Effects of land use and ocean forcing on the processing and transport of nutrients and carbon to giant kelp forests. Role of climate change/variability and disturbance on nearshore population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystem processes. Controls on reef food webs.
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Site Location
Lat: +34.41250 | Long. -119.84220

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 24.1 c 15.1c 4.5c
Precipitation 1196 mm/year 463 mm/year 114 mm/year
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