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Research Theme: Regional Monitoring

More than 60 agencies in Southern California routinely monitor the condition of local aquatic and marine environments, collectively spending over $31 million per year. However, these uncoordinated efforts focus on small areas, and do not provide sufficient information to assess the health of the Southern California environment as a whole. When these agencies cooperate with regional assessments, many benefits are achieved including identification of problem areas, prioritizing resources, and targeting areas where mitigation actions are most needed.

SCCWRP Research

SCCWRP organizes and/or participates in several collaborative regional monitoring programs for which a variety of stakeholder groups contribute resources to data collection. SCCWRP scientists help to compile the results and participate in regional data analyses. Ongoing regional monitoring efforts focus on the ocean, bays, and estuaries of the Southern California Bight (Bight), as well as wetland and riparian areas, watersheds, and rocky intertidal habitat.

Highlighted Research Projects

Completed Research Projects


Southern California Bight Regional Monitoring Program

Individuals from several agencies collaborate in field sampling during the Bight'03 Regional Monitoring Survey.

Other Regional Monitoring Projects

For more information on Regional Monitoring, contact Ken Schiff at kens@sccwrp.org (714) 755-3202.
This page was last updated on: 7/23/2014