The Marine Pollution Studies Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MPSL-MLML) has played a leading role in Californiaʼs coastal monitoring and assessment since the early 1990s. Our research capabilities include marine sediment quality surveys, tissue contaminant surveys, surface water monitoring, biological invasion assessments, data management, quality assurance, and program management. Our largest and longest running current project is the statewide SWAMP program, for which we provide numerous field, laboratory, and infrastructure support services, including management of the SWAMP Database. We have developed a variety of resources to support field sampling, laboratory sample processing and analyses, database management, Quality Assurance/Quality Control management, and data analysis and report writing.
The Regional Data Center (RDC) at Moss Landing provides the tools and infrastructure needed to manage environmental data in local or enterprise level databases. The RDC receives, transforms, processes, and transmits data according to regional needs. The two primary databases maintained at the RDC are for the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) and the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN). The RDC works with federal and state agencies to develop and maintain SWAMP-comparable data formats and valid value lists. The RDC is expanding these standards to organizations outside of the SWAMP program and helps incorporate data from the Central Coast of California into the CEDEN system. The RDC is currently working with the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program (CCAMP), National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), several citizen monitoring groups and grant recipients to help standardize their data and develop an application to check and load their data into CEDEN.
The Central Coast Wetlands Group is a wetlands science research organization serving the Central Coast of California. Our mission is to coordinate the advancement of wetland science and management on the Central Coast. We work closely with regional and state partners to improve wetland science communication between researchers, resource managers and policy makers. We do this through on the ground research, the development and dissemination of tools and materials, and through organizing and hosting meetings and symposia that bring groups of people together to increase dialogue. By collaborating on wetland-related efforts, local resources can be used more effectively to assess and improve the condition of local wetlands and the services they provide.
The Benthic Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories was founded in 1970. Staff and graduate students are involved in studies of coastal marine, deep-sea, estuarine, and freshwater systems from the tropics to the poles. We have experience in the ecology and taxonomy of benthic organisms, the ecological relationships between these species and bottom feeding marine mammals, the dynamics and physical/chemical properties of sediment, point and non-point source pollution, and coastal wetland processes. We take a highly field oriented approach to developing research programs and evaluating environmental problems. A wide variety of field technologies, from scuba to state-of-the-art sea floor imaging, are used to explore spatial and temporal patterns of physical and ecological processes.