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.
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.