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
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
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,
Embedded in and coordinated with other projects, such as
these efforts comprise a powerful ocean observing network off Southern
California that is both scientifically interesting as well as economically and
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 Office of Climate Observation (OCO),
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.