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Professor Writes on Monitoring El Niño Effects in Morro Bay

Six men and women walk in marsh area with hills in the backgroundStudents in Cal Poly’s Marine Ecology class learn about plant life in the estuary near Morro Bay.


Cal Poly has been monitoring ocean temperatures at several near-shore stations along California’s coast for a number of years. Data has shown that this year’s El Niño event is among the strongest ever recorded, according to Physics Professor Ryan Walter, who wrote about the findings in a blog post published by the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System.

According to Walter, temperature anomalies have been warmer than average in the Morro Bay Estuary, according to Walter.

Read more about this year's El Nino event and it's affect on local waters. 

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