The Shore Stations Program collects and provides access to current and historical data records of sea surface temperature (SST) and salinity (SSS) measurements observed at shoreline stations along the coast of California. The Scripps Pier temperature time series ranks as one of the world’s longest ocean time series, and the longest on the Pacific Rim.
The long record of coastal data provided by the Shore Stations program has provided a detailed understanding of ocean seasonality for the entire coast of California, and continues to contribute to our understanding of warming caused by El Niño conditions and global climate change. Click on the tabs below to see the most recent temperature data for each station.
Annual Reports 2014 – 2018
Annual Reports of temperature and salinity for each year collected at shoreline stations along the California coast from La Jolla to Trinidad. Monthly means and extreme values are tabulated for each month and station. The data are also shown in plots alongside a climatological mean using all data for each station.
The Shore Stations Program
Then & Now
Explore the Data
Temperature and salinity data from Scripps and other stations can be viewed online or downloaded. Present-day observations include surface and bottom samples collected once per day. Temperature is measured with an electronic thermometer on the pier, while water samples are collected for salinity analysis in the lab.