The Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystems and Climate (CIMEC) constitutes a partnership of ocean, climate and ecosystem research between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) several key universities in California. The goal of this research is to better serve the Nation's needs through observing and understanding the marine ecosystems and climate in the California Current System, Eastern Tropical Pacific, Southern Ocean, and globally. Read more about CIMEC here.

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Research Highlight

To better understand the ocean, climate and ecosystems to contribute to NOAA’s mission, CIMEC was formed to maximize collaboration on these focused areas of research. To that end, CIMEC joins the expertise at NOAA and seven California universities, each possessing their individual strengths and contributions to the greater goal of understanding the dynamics of marine ecosystems and climate:

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University Los Angeles
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California Santa Cruz

CSTAR group

CSTAR: The objective of CSTAR is undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training in the science associated with the problems of assessing the numerical abundance, spatial distribution, size distribution and reproductive status of commercially important fish species. A broad and deep understanding of population processes is critical to the development and management of sustainable fisheries.