Photos from CalCOFI 1708SR
1708SR: 24 Bottle CTD-Rosette at surface
1708SR: Bongo Net Recovery Off Santa Rosa Island
1708SR: CTD Deployment Nearshore Santa Barbara
1708SR: Manta Neuston Net Tow
1708SR: Pairovet Vertical Net Deployment
1708SR: Saury "Night School"
1708SR: PRPOOS Recovery & Removal from Wire
1708SR: At-sea Nutrient Analysis
1708SR: CCE2 Mooring Deployment at Sta 80.55
1708SR: Dolphin Escort During Transit Home
The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) are a unique partnership of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries Service and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
CalCOFI conducts quarterly oceanographic cruises off California four times a year: winter, spring, summer, & fall. Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), and affiliate project scientists measure physical, chemical, and biological properties of the ocean off Southern & Central California at specific locations. Our current research ships include SIO's RV Sally Ride and NOAA vessels RV Reuben Lasker & FSV Reuben Lasker.
Cruise dates are subject to change so check back often
Since 1949, hydrographic and biological data of the California Current System have been collected on CalCOFI cruises. The 68+ year hydrographic time-series includes temperature, salinity, oxygen and phosphate observations. In 1961, nutrient analysis expanded to include silicate, nitrate and nitrite; in 1973, chlorophyll was added; in 1984, C14 primary productivity incubations were added; and in 1993, CTD profiling began. Please refer to the Data Edits & Updates page for changes to data files or formats.
CalCOFI Data Reports
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|* Latest update: Through cruise 201611.|
Database Ready Files
|14 Table - 50 MB Zip •||MDB Output - 38 MB Zip •||MDB Output - 50 MB Zip •||MDB Output - 45 MB Zip •|
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|* Latest update: Through cruise 201611. Column Definitions for Cast and Bottle Tables|
IEH Archive Files
|* Latest update: Through cruise 201607.|
CTD Zip Files
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|latest prel. 1711 •||preliminary •||preliminary asc - hdr •||preliminary csv-plot •|
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* Latest update: 27Nov2017: CalCOFI 1711SR Cast Data; 1711SR preliminary CTD+Bottle; 1701RL FinalQC bottle-corrected CTD data & plots posted
|Wet displacement volume from starboard side of Bongo Net•||
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|* Latest update: all zooplankton data through 201607|
|Underway Data •||SWFSC-FRD Egg Maps •||Census •||Census •|
|Information •||Information •||Census Log •||Census Log •|
|* Latest update: 201601|
Data Usage and Distribution Policy
CalCOFI hydrographic and plankton data are distributed to the community for use without restriction. Unless otherwise noted, these data can be considered final data which have been evaluated using CalCOFI data quality control procedures. Methods for data collection and processing are summarized in CalCOFI Data Reports introduction. To see the introduction or methods used on specific cruises, refer to the Data Report PDF page. Preliminary data from recent cruises for which the data processing is not complete are often made available. We ask that these preliminary data not be published or redistributed.
El Niño is an abnormal warming phase in the Pacific Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST), while the abnormal cooling is known as La Niña - these shifts are part of the El Niño Southern Oscillation or ENSO. The current ENSO phase is often quantized by a deviation from normally observed SST using the Oceanic Niño Index or ONI. While El Niño and its counterpart cooling phase La Niña are still being researched, the seasonal effects are becoming well understood with long term data sets.
Using the table below from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in conjunction with the CalCOFI database - can offer information on how the environment has reacted in response to the different phases and intensities of the ENSO.
II. Scientific Contributions
The 2017 CalCOFI Conference was held at the Scripps Seaside Forum on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Campus, San Diego, in La Jolla, CA, Monday Dec 04 through Wednesday Dec 06. Thanks to the speakers and contributors for sharing their research, and to the participants for attending. We hope to see you again next December!
Verbal and poster presentations related to the biology, physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, politics or economics of the California Current System, its adjacent waters, and Eastern Boundary Currents were presented. All information regarding the conference program & schedule, is available at the CalCOFI conference website at:
Forage is eaten by predators, including fish, invertebrates, maring mammals and seabirds. It consists of small pelagic fish (e.g., anchovy, sardine, jack mackerel), mesopelagic fish, and pelagic invertebrates (e.g., krill, squid). Fisheries exists for some forage stocks, e.g., small pelagic fish and squid, and may in the future occur fo others, e.g., euphausiids and midwater fish. Forage stocks fluctuate naturally and, when exploited, are affected by fisheries. A challenge of ecosystem-based fishery management is to balance the needs of the ecosystem and the fisheries. This symposium will focus on all aspects of forage in the California Current System. Presentations on forage in other systems are also welcome.
The CalCOFI Symposium was convened by: Ralf Goericke and David Checkley, Scripps Institution of Oceanography