Oceanography of the Southern California Bight         


This web site features ongoing research by Paul M. DiGiacomo and Benjamin Holt who work in the Ocean Science Element at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology,  located in Pasadena, California.   The presentation of this information represents a collaborative effort between these two JPL scientists and Bruce Perry, of the Department of Geological Sciences at CSU Long Beach who is mainly responsible for developing and maintaining this web site.   Valuable technical assistance was provided by John Francis, then-web master for the Department of Geological Sciences at CSU Long Beach.  

The JPL researchers have been funded by NASA to investigate various coastal processes and hazards off southern and central California, with findings from this project to be updated here on a continuing basis.    Mr. Perry's work was funded by Project ALERT, a consortium of universities and government agencies dedicated to providing informative and up-to-date educational products to the general public via the Internet.  

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Images and other information found in this web site have been derived from a variety of sources.   The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images presented here represent altered versions (generally lower-resolution, annotated jpeg images) of ERS-1 and ERS-2 data products that are copyrighted material of the European Space Agency (ESA).    Further information about these products can be obtained directly from ESA.   AVHRR imagery is courtesy of the NOAA CoastWatch Project, West Coast Regional Node.     Production and distribution of the SeaWiFS ocean color data is courtesy of the SeaWiFS Project (Code 970.2) and the Distributed Active Archive Center (Code 902) at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, respectively, and their usage is limited to authorized users.    These activities are sponsored by NASA's Mission to Planet Earth Program.    Mooring and drifter data is courtesy of Clint Winant (among others) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.    Unless otherwise noted, photographic images herein are copyrighted material of Bruce Perry of CSU Long Beach.    Where permissible (given the above limitations), users who download imagery from this site are requested to acknowledge both this source site and the appropriate agency or individual source.

Aerial photographs of much of the coast of the Southern California Bight can be viewed by visiting the web site Aerial Photography of Southern California.

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