Oceans and Atmosphere

Coastal Oceanography


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)
Measures, analyzes, archives, and disseminates coastal environment data for use by coastal engineers, planners, and managers, as well as scientists and mariners.
Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC)
Develops and implements coastal observatories, serves as a science and technical interface with local, state, and federal agencies, and manages various system components.
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
Our primary goal is to provide the scientific data and information needed to inform decision-making and better understand the changing conditions of the coastal ocean in Southern California.
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
Provide water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of western North America.
California Sea Grant
Providing services on coastal and marine science and policy issues.
A.E. Allen Lab
Research at the intersection of biological and microbial oceanography and functional genomics.
Giddings Lab
Specializing in estuarine and coastal processes with an interest in interdisciplinary projects that address how physics impacts important biological and chemical processes in the coastal environment.
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.

Recent Publications

Parker, E. A.; Rippy, M. A.; Mehring, A. S.; Winfrey, B. K.; Ambrose, R. F.; Levin, L. A.; Grant, S. B.
Barnard, P. L.; Hoover, D.; Hubbard, D. M.; Snyder, A.; Ludka, B. C.; Allan, J.; Kaminsky, G. M.; Ruggiero, P.; Gallien, T. W.; Gabel, L.; McCandless, D.; Weiner, H. M.; Cohn, N.; Anderson, D. L.; Serafin, K. A.