New study from our lab featured on NPR

With so much attention on California’s drought and the incoming El Niño, the anomalies in California’s warmer ocean temperatures may simply seem like something to enjoy. Surfers and swimmers rejoice as they jump in with a wetsuit-free splash. Reminiscent of tropical beaches, Southern California’s ocean temperatures have been unusually tepid. A recent report from NPR features Adam Martiny, UC Irvine Associate Professor of Earth System Science, regarding a new study published in November 2015. The NPR report discusses the warmer waters and change in phytoplankton in the region and the “tremendous impact on our coastal ocean.” According to the study, the warmer waters have led to the presence of “more small phytoplankton year round and fewer large ones,” affecting the chemistry of the ocean and the species that can thrive in our coastal waters. Although currently the warmer waters are likely due to the El Niño, Martiny notes that these changes could be a preview of Southern California’s future.