Signature Data

These data include SBC's measurements from monitoring activities, field experiments and process studies, and represent SBC's research goals. Also included are data from outside sources which are generally indicative of the Santa Barbara Coastal area. All data are also available through our catalog.


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Data from SBC LTER long-term time-series measurements

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of kelp forest community structure

Long-term data on the abundance of ~250 species of algae, invertebrates and fish, collected each summer on permanent 80 meter square transects (40 x 2m) at 9 mainland and 2 Santa Cruz Island reef sites. Data collection began in the summer of 2000 and continues annually to provide information on community structure, population dynamics and species change at local reefs.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing long-term kelp removal experiment

Size and abundance data of algae, invertebrates and fish collected twice per season in permanent transects (40 x 2 meter) at 4 permanent sites as part of the SBC LTER long-term kelp removal experiment. The experiment tests the consequences of consistent annual giant kelp loss arising from winter storms. The following manipulations are being currently maintained: Control- M. pyrifera surface canopy is left intact; Annual removal- M. pyrifera is removed once each winter and allowed to re-colonize over the course of the year, and Continuous removal- M. pyrifera is removed on each sampling date. The experiment began in 2008, and the continuous-removal treatment began in April, 2010.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of net primary production of giant kelp

Ongoing time series of net primary production (NPP), growth, standing crop and loss rates from disturbance for Macrocystis pyrifera appropriate for examining seasonal and inter-annual patterns. Sampling is monthly at 3 reef sites, and began in 2002.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of lobster abundance and fishing pressure

Data on abundance, size and fishing pressure of California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus). Two SBC LTER study sites are in or near Marine Protected Areas (MPA). Sampling began in 2012.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of larval settlement in California

Weekly to biweekly data on invertebrate settlement on artificial substrates at six sites in California

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of Santa Cruz Island reef community structure

Time-series data on the community structure at Santa Cruz Island, including abundance of selected fish and their food (algae) resources, benthic cover, density of kelp and occurance of Pycnopodia helianthoides. Earliest surveys began in 1982 and continues annually.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of daily irradiance

Daily photon irradiance at the surface and reef bottom at the kelp removal experiment sites.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of reef sea floor temperature

High frequency water temperature data has been collected from benthic sites at 9 coastal reefs at ~7m depth beginning in 2002.

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Historical kelp database (ISP Alginates)

Long term data on the abundance of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in 109 local beds in California and Mexico as estimated from routine aerial surveys (1958-2005) conducted by ISP Alginates (formerly Kelco Co.)

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of CTD and water chemistry profiles

Profiles of seawater constituents collected by CTD and water sampling at our nearshore reef stations have been ongoing since November 2000. Rosette bottle profiles include associated CTD parameters.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of moored instruments

Currents and hydrography data have been collected by at several reef sites since 2001 to observe patterns of transport and processing. Sites are located on the outer edge of kelp forests in 10-16m of water. Instruments include: bottom-mounted acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP), CTD mounted in mid-water and thermistors mounted at bottom, midwater and near the surface. Data were aggregated into 1m bins and interpolated onto a 20 min grid.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of pH from SeaFET, with calibration

SeaFET instruments have been deployed at four SBC reefs starting in 2011. Time-series are of of pH, plus and CO2 system parameters derived from the "CO2calc" algorithms. Reported time interval matches that reported for other moored instruments. Benchmark water samples are also available at moored stations, plus from other subtidal and intertidal stations.

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SBC LTER: Sightings of sea otters (ongoing since 2007)

Location, number and behavior of sea otters (Enhydra lutris) in the Santa Barbara Channel area, observed during other SBC sampling events.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of macroalgal wrack

Composition, cover and biomass of macroalgal wrack in the intertidal zone of selected sandy beaches

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of beach birds and stranded kelp

Abundance and species richness of birds, abundance of stranded kelp plants and holdfasts, humans and dogs during monthly surveys

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of beach macroinvertebrates

Composition, count and biomass of macroinvertebrates in the intertidal zone of selected sandy beaches

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of high-frequency precipitation

Since 2002, SBC has collected high-frequency precipitation data at 15-25 stations (site coverage varies by year). These sites have ongoing data collections.

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Santa Barbara County: Precipitation from Santa Barbara County FCD stations

In 2001, SBC began archiving data high frequency precipitation data from the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District (FCD). Legacy data from these (and other) sites is also available. The SB Co. FCD station number is in parentheses.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of stream discharge

SBC has high-frequency discharge data these sites. Collection at Bell Canyon began in 2004 and at San Pedro in 2008. For all SBC sites, collection began with water-year 2002. At two sites (indicated) data collection is by USGS sites. These sites have ongoing data collections.

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SBC LTER: Stream discharge at SBC sites (historical sites)

Between 2002 and 2010, SBC collected high-frequency discharge data at several stations. Site coverage varies by year. These sites have historical data collections.

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SBC LTER: Ongoing time-series of stream chemistry

Analytes sampled in the SBC streams include major dissolved nutrients, particulates, cations, anions, and occasionally stable isotopes. A number of watersheds with different land uses are sampled. Sampling frequency depends on flow conditions.

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Data from SBC LTER short-term experiments and measurement-intensive process studies

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SBC LTER: Other moored instruments

Currents and hydrography data have been collected intermittently at several reef sites. Instruments deployed intermittently include: bottom-mounted acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP), CTD mounted in mid-water and thermistors mounted at bottom, mid-water and near the surface. Data were aggregated into 1m bins and interpolated onto a 20 min grid.

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Taxon-specific biomass relationships for kelp forest invertebrates

Taxon-specific relationships which can be used to estimate biomass density for kelp forest invertebrates using non-distructive field measurements.

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Biomass relationships and photosynthetic parameters for macroalgae

Taxon-specific relationships used to estimate biomass density from field measurements, and laboratory-derived values for photosynthetic parameters.

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Kelp blade characteristics to support turnover dynamics of Macrocystis pyrifera

Age-specific traits of giant kelp blades, including size, photosynthesic performance, biomass density, and N and Chl-a content

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SBC LTER: Stable Isotopes in reef food webs

Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in reef consumers and potential food sources (phytoplankton, kelp and kelp-derived detritus, and terrestrial POM) were collected from 2002 to 2005.

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Kelp forest food web

Feeding relationships for kelp forest species observed in the annual surveys

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Diet effects in the purple sea urchin, 2011

Data from an experiment to evaluate the effects of algal diet on consumption, growth and gonad weight of an important kelp forest grazer, the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus pupuratus, during Fall and Winter 2010-2011.

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Microsatellite markers for giant kelp

Characterization of microsatellite loci of the giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera

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SBC LTER: Primary production in cleared and control plots 2007-2008

Understory and phytoplankton production in the kelp removal experiment, Mohawk Reef 2007-2008

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SBC LTER: Structure and productivity of turf/foliose assemblages

Community structure and productivity of subtidal turf and foliose algal assemblages at Naples Reef, 2006

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Dan Okamoto: Population ecology of reef fish and prey resources

Field and laboratory research, plus statistical models to describe patterns in population dynamics with applications to management.

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Geospatial structure of microsatellite markers of giant kelp, 2009

Microsatellite markers for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and associated R code. Data are from individual kelp plants, Carpinteria Reef, Mohawk Reef and Goleta Bay, September 2009.

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SBC LTER: Seasonal Channel-wide Cruises (2001-2006) - CTD/Rosette Profiles

CTD and rosette profile data were collected at >25 stations on 16 channel-wide cruises to survey hydrographic and biological parameters (e.g., nutrients, particulate carbon and nitrogen, and primary production). Cruises were conducted seasonally (2-3 times per year) on the R/V Pt Sur between 2001 and 2006.

This collection is also complemented by Towed CTD Transects and shipboard meteorological and current data (see other collections for "Offshore Ocean").

Cruise information, metadata and data:
Summary and timing of all cruises aboard the R/V Pt. Sur, 2001-2006, including links to data
SBC LTER: Seasonal Channel-wide Cruises (2001-2006) - Towed CTD Transects

An undulating CTD package was towed along cross-channel and along-shore transects on 16 channel-wide cruises to survey hydrographic and biological parameters. Cruises were conducted seasonally (2-3 times per year) on the R/V Pt Sur between 2001 and 2006.

This collection is also complemented by CTD/rosette bottle profiles and shipboard meteorological and current data (see other collections for "Offshore Ocean").

Cruise information, metadata and data:
Summary and timing of all cruises aboard the R/V Pt. Sur, 2001-2006, including links to data
SBC LTER: Seasonal Channel-wide Cruises (2001-2006) - R/V Pt. Sur ADCP, meteorology and sea surface data (UDAS)

Basic meterology, navigation and ADCP (current profiles) were continuously collected by the ship (R/V Pt Sur) on 16 channel-wide cruises to survey hydrographic and biological parameters. Cruises were conducted seasonally (2-3 times per year) between 2001 and 2006.

This collection is also complemented by CTD/rosette bottle profiles and towed CTD transects (see other collections for "Offshore Ocean").

Cruise information, metadata and data:
Summary and timing of all cruises aboard the R/V Pt. Sur, 2001-2006, including links to data
SBC LTER: Cross-shelf study, 2008-2009

Oceanagraphic profiles on a cross-shelf transect were collect to to resolve development of the temporal and spatial gradients in organic and inorganic constituents and related microbial activity and community structure.

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Lydia Kapsenberg: Coastal ocean pH variability in the context of global change biology

Studies of the variablilty of pH under different coastal regimes, to examine abiotic and biotic processes contributing to ocean acidification. Data using SeaFET instrumentation.

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SBC LTER: Macroalgal wrack, IV 2005-2006

Composition, cover and biomass of macroalgal wrack in the intertidal zone at Isla Vista Beach

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SBC LTER: Beach porewater and wrack, 2003

Beach wrack along transects, and dissolved nutrients and salinity of porewaters in all intertidal zones at selected sandy beaches during 2003

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Pore water constituents and residence times, 2013

Constituents of beach pore water and parameters for calculating residence times using Radon-222

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Nutrient concentrations and algae cover in the Ventura River catchment, 2008

Macroalgal cover and nutrients during spring and summer 2008 at stream and estuarine sites (undeveloped, agricultural and urban) in the Ventura River catchment.

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Fire Perimeters, Santa Barbara area 2004 - 2009

Four fires burned in areas facing the Santa Barbara Channel between 2004 and 2009. These datasets contain perimeters (greatest extent, as a KML polygon) assembled by the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group (GeoMAC).

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Data acquired from collaborative or legacy projects which are used and/or maintained by SBC LTER

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Santa Barbara Harbor: Long term surface temperature (reference)

Surface seawater temperature collected daily at Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA, from 1955 to 2004, and is currently supported by the Scripps Insitution of Oceanography Manual Shore Stations program. The dataset will recommence after calibration issues have been resolved.

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Wave height and period from CDIP

Daily and monthly averages of modeled significant wave height (Hs) and peak wave period (Tp) in the Santa Barbara Coastal area from the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP, http://cdip.ucsd.edu)

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Daily precipitation at UCSB200 (reference)

Precipitation data collected daily from 1951 - 2008,by the Santa Barbara County Public Works Deptartment and updated annually. High frequency data from this station (UCSB200) starting in 2000 is also available.

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NCDC climate catalogs

The National Climate Data Center (NCDC) provides a long record of several parameters Their catalog for sites in the Santa Barbara area is available through the links in this data package

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