FAQ on Climate Variability and Fisheries

Where can I get real-time information about climate and environmental variability along the U.S. West Coast? 
Visit the SWFSC's Environmental Research Division for a wealth of physical and biological data on climate and environmental variability - such as El Niño's and La Niña's - that are important to fish populations, protected species, and marine ecosystems.

Where is the California Current?
The California Current is an eastern boundary current that runs approximately form Vancouver Island, Canada, south along the west coast of the United States, and along Baja California, Mexico.

California Current 

Auad, G., Roemmich, D., Gilson, J.: The California Current System in relation to the Northeast Pacific Ocean circulation. Prog. Oceanogr. 91, 576–592 (2011)


Below are some links to information that describes various features of this dynamic, complex system:

Is the current season abnormally warm or cool?

How strong is the upwelling at different locations along the west coast in the last 6 months?

Where were pelagic fish spawning along the California Coast in recent spring seasons?

What does the California Current System look like from satellites at the moment?

California climate information for decision makers
http://meteora.ucsd.edu/cap/ The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Impacts of El Niño and benefits of El Niño prediction:

NOAA's National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center, El Niño - Southern Oscillation pages:

Last modified: 12/24/2014