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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.

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.

Funding opportunity from California Sea Grant


Proposers whose projects could benefit from access to coastal oceanographic data should be aware that a wide variety of data on the physical, biological, and chemical properties of California coastal waters are collected by and made available by the two integrated ocean observing systems that cover the entire California coast: the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS). These two programs also are potential recipients and managers of environmental data that might be collected by researchers, and this could aid researchers in fulfilling data accessibility requirements (see NOAA Data Sharing Requirement, below). Proposers are encouraged to contact staff at SCCOOS or CeNCOOS, as appropriate, to discuss availability and access to data, and data management, that might bear on the proposed research program.

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 ocean conditions to fade to near-normal by spring 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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