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Science Organizations of the Monterey Bay Area: The Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium

The Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium (MBCORC) was formed in 1998 when the Monterey Bay region hosted the country's first National Oceans Conference in Monterey, California.

The mission of MBCORC is to promote the scientific understanding of coastal and marine systems and to facilitate the appreciation of that knowledge for public policy, environmental awareness, and decision-making. MBCORC achieves objectives by creating, coordinating, promoting, and endorsing research, education, and outreach activities, using the Monterey Bay as a natural laboratory.

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay
CSUMB is a comprehensive state university that values academic quality and service to the community. CSUMB is recognized for its commitment to new technologies as a catalyst for learning, multidisciplinary programs, innovative methods of teaching and learning, and community service. The campus is founded on the principle of collaboration with other statewide and regional educational institutions, allowing its students seamless educational opportunities.

Earth Systems Science and Policy Institute, California State University, Monterey Bay

Earth Systems Science and Policy Institute, California State University, Monterey Bay
The ESSP Institute at the California State University, Monterey Bay links basic sciences to one another and to social, economic, and political disciplines, providing the interdisciplinary, critical thinking, and technical skills necessary to develop workable solutions to complex environmental problems. The ESSP program utilizes hands-on, field-based learning, as well as cutting-edge technology and multimedia tools.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
ESNERR is dedicated to conservation of coastal wetlands. The research program emphasizes long-term monitoring and applied studies of threats to wetland communities. Educational resources include a visitor center, teacher training, and workshops to translate estuarine conservation science to coastal decision-makers. The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) owns and manages the 1400 acre Reserve, with programmatic support from NOAA and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
FNMOC is the lead activity within the U.S. Department of Defense for operational meteorological and oceanographic prediction. Fleet Numerical operates a sophisticated suite of models, satellite processing capabilities, and product distribution systems 24/7 and distributes over 450,000 products per day to military and civilian users around the world.

Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
Hopkins Marine Station, founded in 1892, is a division of Stanford University's Department of Biological Sciences. Eight faculty members conduct research in a wide range of areas in marine science, with an emphasis on adaptation of organisms to the marine environment. The winter and spring term curriculum of approximately 20 courses serves undergraduates in diverse Stanford programs.

Insititute of Marine Sciences / Long Marine Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz

Institute of Marine Sciences / Long Marine Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz
IMS has 43 faculty and 50 researchers in oceanography/ocean processes, paleooceanography/climate change, environmental toxicology, coastal biology/ecology, marine vertebrate biology, marine/coastal geology, and fisheries management. State of the art facilities on campus are complimented by the Long Marine Lab oceanfront site which houses university research/education facilities, state and federal marine agency programs, and a public education facility.

Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, Monterey Peninsula College

Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, Monterey Peninsula College
The MATE Center, headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College, is a national partnership of community colleges, research and educational institutions, employers, and professional societies. Established in 1997 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the MATE Center's Mission is to improve marine technical education and in this way help prepare America's future workforce for ocean-related occupations.

Marine Pollution Studies Lab, California Department of Fish and Game

Marine Pollution Studies Lab, California Department of Fish and Game
MPSL was initiated in 1977 with the California State Mussel Watch Program and has since become California's main monitoring and research group for marine and freshwater ecosystems. Operating as a consortium of CDFG, Moss Landing Marine Labs, and UC Davis, MPSL provides services such as low level pollutant analysis, sample collection, and project management. Affiliated labs are located at Granite Canyon and Rancho Cordova.

Marine Protected Areas Center, Science Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Marine Protected Areas Center, Science Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
MPAC's mission is to provide scientific information, technical tools, and management strategies to effectively design and manage the nation's system of MPAs. It is an innovative partnership between NOAA, the Department of the Interior, and other public and private partners. The affiliated Science Institute bridges the gap between science and policy by fostering targeted research and analysis on MPA issues of regional, national, and international significance.

Marine Region Headquarters, California Department of Fish and Game

Marine Region Headquarters, California Department of Fish and Game
The MRH coordinates management of California's rich and diverse marine resources through law enforcement, public information, fisheries and habitat programs, ecosystem management, water quality and pollution monitoring. MRH provides public information on marine life, including fishing and hunting activities found along the coast. Additional services include fishing and hunting licences, commercial licences, permits, applications, and brochures.

Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care Research Center, California Department of Fish and Game

Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care Research Center, California Department of Fish and Game
MWVCRC is CDFG's state of the art center for responding to marine animal health problems including oil spill response, investigations of sea otter health/ecology, and laboratory research of disease vectors. Collaborative research is conducted on living and dead animals in cooperation with a number of federal and state agencies, universities, and private entities on significant ecological and biomedical subjects.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an acclaimed ocean education and research facility whose mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Through world-class living exhibits, education programs that reach thousands of schoolchildren each year, and cutting-edge conservation and research programs, the non-profit aquarium aims to inspire a new generation of ocean stewards and provide the scientific basis for effective ocean conservation.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
MBARI is a world-class center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology. MBARI's unique working partnership of scientists and engineers leads to important advancements in the design and implementation of instrumentation, systems, and methods of scientific research to advance our understanding of the world's deep ocean waters.

Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology Center, University of California

Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology Center, University of California
The UC MBEST regional initiative includes a nearly 500-acre research and technology park. MBEST, established by UC Santa Cruz, offers location, access, visibility, and university affiliation to corporate and public organizations seeking growth opportunities through facilitated strategic partnerships with the many education and research institutions of the Monterey Bay Crescent.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Designated in 1992, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects many diverse habitats and an abundance of life from plankton to blue whales within 5,322 square miles of ocean between Marin County and Cambria. With the mission of understanding and protecting the coastal ecosystem and submerged cultural resources of central California, Sanctuary staff work on marine resource management, protection, research, and education.

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Monterey Institute of International Studies
MIIS provides rigorous graduate level education and training for professional careers in international contexts. Its unique IEP masters degree program emphasizes practical skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating environmental policy. Many of the program's graduate students specialize in marine resource protection.

Moss Landing Marine Lab, California State University

Moss Landing Marine Lab, California State University
MLML, run by a consortium of seven CSU campuses, is located at the center of the Monterey Bay coast. Nearby are deep water, estuarine, sand dune, inter- and sub-tidal habitats that provide valuable areas for study in all marine science disciplines. MLML's graduate program gives students a practical and theoretical education, preparing them for careers as marine technicians, scientists, and teachers.

National Marine Fisheries Service Santa Cruz Lab, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Marine Fisheries Service Santa Cruz Lab, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is located on the Marine Science Campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Scientists at the laboratory conduct research relevant to the conservation and management of west coast groundfish, and the restoration and recovery of threatened and endangered Pacific salmon.

West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center, National Undersea Research Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center, National Undersea Research Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center is one of six centers of NOAA's National Undersea Research Program, which is a granting program dedicated to promote, facilitate, and fund undersea research. The West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center supports highly-rated, peer-reviewd proposals to conduct in situ research. Funded programs use a variety of state-of-the-art undersea platforms, tools, and technology.

National Weather Service Forecast Office - Monterey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Weather Service Forecast Office - Monterey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NWS Forecast Office in Monterey is the primary source of weather forecast and warning information for the greater Monterey Bay areas. The paramount task of the NWS is to reduce loss of life and property from weather-related events such as tornadoes, floods, and winter storms. The Forecast Office also issues public, aviation, and marine weather forecasts for the region, and collects a wide range of meteorological and climatological data.

Naval Postgraduate School

Naval Postgraduate School
NPS's mission is to increase the effectiveness of the Navy and Marine Corps by providing post-baccalaureate degree and non-degree programs in sub-specialty areas not available through other educational institutions. NPS also supports the Navy through the continuing programs of naval and maritime research, by enabling technological changes and innovation in the Navy, and by preparing officers to utilize future technologies.

Naval Research Laboratory

Naval Research Laboratory
NRL is the Navy and Marine Corps' corporate laboratory. The Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to improve the basic understanding of atmospheric and air/ocean/land processes and to develop information systems that analyze, simulate, predict, and interpret the structure and behavior of these processes and their effect on Naval systems.

Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
PFEL conducts research to understand how natural environmental variability affects marine fisheries and ecosystems over a broad range of scientific, management, and operational concerns. PFEL provides environmental data products for biological research and develops new analytical tools to evaluate impacts on fisheries at different scales of ocean and atmospheric variability, including climate change.

Pacific Science Center, United States Geological Survey

Pacific Science Center, United States Geological Survey
USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. USGS coastal and marine studies provide scientific understanding essential for wise decisions concerning America's coasts and oceans.

University of California Sea Grant Extension Program

University of California Sea Grant Extension Program
The UC Sea Grant Extension Program is the advisory services part of the California Sea Grant College Program. Our mission is to increase the understanding, development, and conservation of the nation's coastal and marine resources. We do this by generating, applying, and transferring research to solve problems in the coastal zone.

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz
UCSC offers the academic rigor and resources of a major research university with an uncommon commitment to undergraduate education. Founded in 1965, the campus is situated on 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadows, overlooking Monterey Bay. Highly regarded research areas include marine sciences, particle physics, tectonics, bioinformatics, and adaptive optics.


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