Data are essential to gaining insights into the ecological condition, structure and functioning of aquatic systems across time and space. SCCWRP has developed robust frameworks, workflows and tools to automate the process of acquiring, storing, processing and analyzing large-scale environmental data sets.

SCCWRP-managed data sets date back to the 1970s and include seminal data like the Southern California Bight reference surveys and California Sediment Quality Objectives data, as well as newer data sets for ongoing regional monitoring programs facilitated by SCCWRP.

Newer data sets

Newer environmental monitoring data sets are hosted on the Esri ArcGIS Open Data Portal:

Older data sets

Older data sets – both for regional monitoring programs and for similar, regionally focused studies – are hosted on the Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN), a mapping tool that is a predecessor to the Open Data Portal. Older data sets include Bight and SMC regional monitoring cycles from the 1990s and 2000s, Southern California Bight reference surveys (1977, 1985, 1990), EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) databases for the Southern California Bight, and California Sediment Quality Objectives data.

Data analysis tools

Many of SCCWRP’s newer data analysis and visualization tools are hosted on GitHub:

Submitting data to SCCWRP

To submit large-scale environmental data sets and other large files to a specific staff member at SCCWRP, use the SCCWRP FileExchange.

To submit data for SCCWRP-facilitated regional monitoring programs, use SCCWRP’s Open Data Portals. These data submission portals allow external collaborators to self-submit data for select projects and programs, and include built-in, automated data quality-control checkers to ensure all data are standardized and of consistent high quality.

Open Data Portal for the Southern California Bight 2023 Regional Monitoring Program

Open Data Portal for the Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC) Regional Watershed Monitoring Program