Observing and modeling the California Current System


  • A. J. Miller,

    1. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0224 USA
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  • J. C. McWilliams,

  • N. Schneider,

  • J. S. Allen,

  • J. A. Barth,

  • R. C. Beardsley,

  • F. P. Chavez,

  • T. K. Chereskin,

  • C. A. Edwards,

  • R. L. Haney,

  • K. A. Kelly,

  • J. C. Kindle,

  • L. N. Ly,

  • J. R. Moisan,

  • M. A. Noble,

  • P. P. Niiler,

  • L. Y. Oey,

  • F. B. Schwing,

  • R. K. Shearman,

  • M. S. Swenson


The California Current System (CCS) is one of the best sampled ocean regions, yet it remains obscurely understood and inadequately sampled.Technological advances in ocean modeling and observational techniques can now change this situation.

Enhanced understanding of the features and dynamics of the CCS can aid fisheries and wildlife management, prediction and abatement of pollution and toxic phytoplankton blooms, atmospheric and climate change forecasts, and shipping and military operations.