Welcome to SCCOOS

Northeast Pacific Anomalies Workshop 2

January 20th - 21st, 2016 - Seattle Washington

Pacific Anomalies Workshop 1

May 5-6, 2015 - La Jolla California

Hyperion Outfall Diversion

September - October 2015

LA Sanitation will repair the effluent pump station, the discharge system of treated wastewater located at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey.

El Nino / La Nina Update 2017

El Niño/La Niña Forecast: ENSO-neutral remains most likely (50 to ~55% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere fall 2017. climate.gov/enso

Equatorial Pacific Map



SIO Experimental Climate Prediction Center produces a El Nino forecasts called the "Hybrid Coupled Model". The model is forecasting near-normal ocean conditions for the second half of 2017.

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Glider Track


Glider measured temperatures at 50 m depth along CalCOFI line 90 (off of Dana Point), averaged over the inshore 200 km and filtered with a 3-month running mean.

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Flooding Index

High waves and tides at Cardiff, CA occasionally flood adjacent parking lots, and less frequently impacts traffic on hte bordering Highway 101.

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Cardiff Beach Width


The beach width (average distance from highway 101 shoulder to mean sea level contour) at Cardiff  State Beach, CA.
The minimum average beach width (about 22 m) was during the 2010/11 El Nino. The maximum beach width  (about 63m) was immediately after a 2013 beach nourishment.  In mid-January 2016, the beach is the narrowest since 2012, before the nourishment.

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Mean Sea Level Trend


The plot shows the monthly mean sea level without the regular seasonal fluctuations due to coastal ocean temperatures, salinities, winds, atmospheric pressures, and ocean currents.

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CNRA News Brief

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On September 22, 2015 the OPC held an informational workshop regarding the El Niño and its impacts on living marine resources, and explored specific impacts on a few economically important fisheries in California.

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Harmful Algal Bloom/Domoic Acid Event in Orange County

(April 13, 2017 update: Further north in Santa Barbara, high levels of domoic acid have led to a shellfish advisory for sport-harvested bivalves.)

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach is seeing an uptick in strandings of sea lions, particularly pregnant females, from domoic acid poisoning. Shore Station sampling by SCCOOS as part of the Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program (HABMAP) found large numbers of the causative algae Pseudo-nitzschia at Newport Pier in Orange County over the last two weeks. The California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping System (C-HARM) hosted by CeNCOOS and SCCOOS suggests that domoic acid levels are potentially very high offshore of Orange County where these sea lions are foraging for food. Currently, there appears to be no risk of DA exposure in San Diego since Pseudo-nitzschia abundance is low at Scripps Pier, but there is still a possibility that sea lions will strand further south of Orange County if this harmful algal bloom persists. We will keep you up-to-date on the event and what our observing and modeling systems are telling us about the risk of toxin exposure to marine mammals and humans.

Published on Mar 14, 2016
Research Assistant, Clarissa Anderson expands on the effects of the unusual warm water mass that appeared in late 2013.

The map image displays the probability that the domoic acid concentration in the bulk phytoplankton pool is at or above 500 nanograms per liter (= 0.5 µ/L).

A Note From Julie Thomas as She Retires and Transitions into SCCOOS Ex-Officio Advisor

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Wow! How these last eight years as SCCOOS Executive Director have flown by! It has been such an honor and privilege to hold this position. I want to especially thank the Board of Directors, Executive Steering Committee, the Joint Strategic Advisory Committee, administrative and data management staff and the multitude of partners for all their support. This has truly been a fun and rewarding position for me. I've loved the technical outreach component and having the opportunity to meet so many people in the course of this work.

How fortunate we are to have Clarissa Anderson as the next Executive Director. She is a perfect for this position! I know she will be engaged and committed to SCCOOS. As many of you know, I will be staying on part time with the University. I am looking forward to working with Clarissa, the SCCOOS team and its partners in the future. Happy New Year and all the best for 2017.

SCCOOS Welcomes a New Executive Director, Dr. Clarissa Anderson


I am grateful for this opportunity to TRY to fill Julie's shoes. Over the last three months as deputy director, I have shadowed Julie and witnessed first-hand her dedication to SCCOOS, her impressive ability to tackle a multitude of disparate tasks with pragmatism and grace, and importantly, her deep appreciation and care for members of the SCCOOS/CDIP family. I look forward to working with you all to expand the SCCOOS vision to address emerging issues in the Southern California Bight while also sustaining our core programs.


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