Santa Barbara Coastal Ecosystem, California

Location

34° 24' 45" N, 119° 50' 31.92" W
Brief Site Description: 
Santa Barbara Coastal Ecosystem LTER, California
Detailed Site Description: 

Habitat - Semi-arid coastal zone, giant kelp forests.

Research - Effects of land use and ocean forcing on the processing and transport of  nutrients and carbon to giant kelp forests; Role of climate change/ variability and disturbance on nearshore population dynamics,  community structure, and ecosystem processes.

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
LTER
Geology: 
unconsolidated materials
shale
sandstone
other sedimentary
Soil Order: 
Entisol
Mollisol
Average Winter Temperature: 
10°C
Study Start Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2000 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
463millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
15°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
28°C
Hydrology: Name: 
Mission Creek
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
Unknown
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Perennial
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Arrangment of Aquifer Components - Complexly interbedded sequence of aquifers and confining beds
Land Cover: 
Developed- Low
Deciduous Forest
Woody Wetlands
Open Water
Climate: 
Mediterranean
Sub-Climate: 
Dry