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2018 Ocean Sciences Town Halls

Feb. 11-16, 2018
Portland Oregon

Exploring the Future of Dynamic Ocean Management in US Fisheries: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions
Monday February 12, 2018 12:45-1:45PM Oregon Convention Center, E141 and 142

Ocean Applications for Societal Benefit from Observations and Models 
Monday, February 12, 2017 6:30-7:30 PM Oregon Convention Center, E141 and E142

West Coast Ocean Assessment: Science for Effective West Coast Ocean Planning
Wednesday, February 14, 6:30-7:30 PM, Rooms E141-142

Community Based Modeling Forum in Support of Integrated Water Prediction System 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:45-1:45 PM Oregon Convention Center, F150

Local lobster consumption ban partially lifted

Ventura County Star
Jan. 3, 2018

Position Announcement

Humboldt State University’s DEPARTMENT OF OCEANOGRAPHY invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY.  This position is an academic year appointment staring in August 2018.

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Toxin found in lobsters from local islands

Ventura County Star
Oct. 24, 2017

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.

NASA Earth Observatory features C-HARM


NASA Earth Observatory features Domoic Acid probability map as their image of the day. SCCOOS Executive Director, Clarissa Anderson, and scientists at UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz use a combination of ocean color satellite imagery, routine domain acid measurements and a circulation model to determine how many potentially toxic algae are blooming near the ocean surface. This product is presently known as the California-Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) system and is working to predict domioc acid (a neurotoxin that can build up and lead to amnesic shellfish poisoning) at large and local scales. 

La Nina Update 2017

Equatorial Pacific Map



SIO Experimental Climate Prediction Center produces a El Nino forecasts called the "Hybrid Coupled Model". The model is forecasting strong La Nina (cold) conditions in the winter of 2016/2017

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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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