This multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary project operates two surface moorings in the California Current, dubbed CCE-1 and CCE-2, with a sensor suite covering biological, chemical, and physical oceanography as well as meteorology. CCE-1 is located off Point Conception in the core of the California Current, a broad southeastward surface flow that parallels the coastline a few hundred miles offshore. CCE-2 is positioned closer to shore on the shelf break, where localized upwelling processes are at their maximum.

The objectives are to resolve event-scale ocean phenomena and to understand linkages between changes in the physical-chemical environment and the responses of ocean biota, including but not limited to the ocean carbon system in the light of anthropogenic climate change. Some of the mooring components (e.g. self-sufficient pH sensors, aspects of the data telemetry system, integration of multi-disciplinary sensors) are new, ground-breaking technology. Embedded in and coordinated with other projects, such as CalCOFI, LTER, and CORC, these efforts comprise a powerful ocean observing network off Southern California that is both scientifically interesting as well as economically and socially relevant.

Other researchers who would like to add their sensors to the platforms are welcome and hereby encouraged to contact us!

This project is made possible with funding from the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and the NOAA Climate Observation Division (COD), as well as funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) trough the CCE-LTER program. Additional contributions are coming for U.Send's lab, the PMEL Carbon group, the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and from all collaborators.
The initial year of the mooring program was supported also by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the UCSD Academic Senate and UC Ship Funds.


Locations of the CCE moorings. Black dots indicate the station grid of CalCOFI.