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Scripps Pier


32° 52.0′ N, 117° 15.5′ W
Surface: 1916-present
Bottom: 1925-present
Temperature, Salinity

Aquarists and volunteers from Birch Aquarium at Scripps take daily temperature and salinity samples from the end of the Scripps Pier at the sea surface and near the bottom at a depth of about 5 meters. The proximity of Scripps Pier to the deep waters at the head of La Jolla submarine canyon results in data quite representative of oceanic conditions. Scripps Pier is a total of 1084 ft. long (330.4 M) and 22.5 ft. wide for most of it’s length. However it is 46.0 ft. wide at the end where the lab/pump house structure is situated with the west wall standing 88.0 ft. from the end of the pier (=996 ft. from the shore). The orientation is 277 / 97 degrees magnetic, 14 degrees East variation. The deck of the pier is 33.5 ft. above Mean Low Low Water (MLLW).



Thanks to Dr. Daniel Cayan and Douglas Alden for furnishing the Scripps Pier solar radiation data.
Please cite the following for use of these data sets:

Rasmussen, Linda L., Melissa L.Carter, Reinhard E. Flick, Mary Hilbern, James T. Fumo, Bruce D. Cornuelle, Bonnie K. Gordon, Lee F. Bargatze, R. Lee Gordon, and John A. McGowan. A Century of Southern California Coastal Ocean Temperature Measurements. J. Geophys. Research: Oceans. p.e2019JC015673.

SIO Pier Insolation (.csv)

SIO Raw Surface Monthly Means (.csv)

SIO TOD Adjusted Surface Monthly Means (.csv)

SIO Raw Bottom Monthly Means (.csv)

SIO TOD Adjusted Bottom Monthly Means (.csv)

SIO TOD Adjusted Surface Daily (.csv)