Santa Barbara Coastal LTER - United States of America

Basic Information
Site Name
Santa Barbara Coastal LTER
Short name
SBC LTER
Country
United States of America
Site Manager
Keywords
carbon and nutrient cycling
coastal oceanography
net primary production
organic matter
population and community ecology
Site Description
The Santa Barbara Coastal LTER is located in the coastal zone of southern California near Santa Barbara. It is bounded by the steep east-west trending Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal plain to the north and the unique Northern Channel Islands archipelago to the south. Point Conception, where the coast of California returns to a north to south orientation, lies at the western boundary, and the Santa Clara River marks its eastern edge.The site lies on the active boundary of the Pacific Oceanic Plate and the North American Continental Plate. High levels of tectonic activity have created dramatic elevation gradients in both the terrestrial and the underwater landscapes of the site. The Santa Barbara Channel includes some of the deepest ocean basins known on the continental shelf along with remarkable submarine canyons and escarpments.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:57
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2000
Purpose
The primary research objective of the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER is to investigate the relative importance of land and ocean processes in structuring giant kelp forest ecosystems.
History
The Santa Barbara Coastal LTER was established in April 2000. The kelp forests, coastal ocean and watersheds of this area have been studied independently for many years.
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Geographic
Size
1139580.00ha
Elevation (average)
0.00msl
Elevation (min)
-588.00msl
Elevation (max)
1005.80msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
US LTER (LTER-NAM-US-29)This site is a verified "US LTER" member.
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