Resulting Program, III

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:15 -- admin

Since 2010, PISCO has focused on applying its long-term research methods to emerging ecological and management questions and strengthening partnerships with public and non-profit organizations. 


In light of issues such as climate change and ocean acidification, the value of PISCO’s integrated long-term data sets is only growing.

Resulting Program, II

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:14 -- admin

The following five years (2005-2009) saw a focus on integration across disciplines, development of data management systems, and increased applications of this work to policy and management questions.


Strong collaborative relationships developed during this period helped PISCO build partnerships for informing natural resource decision making.   

Conceptual Roots, III

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:00 -- admin

Not only are marine communities connected across vast distances by larval dispersal, they are profoundly influenced by decade-scale climate cycles.


To understand how diverse marine ecosystems are maintained—and to help managers ensure their persistence—ecologists needed to understand:

-- how marine communities are structured and replenished, and

-- ecosystem responses to climate cycles such as Pacific Decadal Oscillation and the El Nino Southern Oscillation.

Funding, I

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:48 -- admin

Our activities are funded through diverse collaborative grants from public and private sources, which make the unique, multi-institutional partnership possible.

Resulting Program, I

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:29 -- admin

Since 1999, PISCO has refined its interdisciplinary research program to integrate oceanography, marine ecology, molecular physiology, biomechanics, and genetics.


The initial years of PISCO (1999-2004) were a test-bed for developing standard methods of measurement along the west coast and instituting the science, engagement, and outreach necessary to lay the groundwork for PISCO achievements.

Long-term information powerful for both science and policy

Long-term ecological information is hard to come by – it requires initial investments of time, energy, and money to get projects off the ground; a dedicated, knowledgeable, and well-trained staff who collect data regularly and accurately; and a sustained funding source to ensure that data collection persists over time.

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