From Wind-to-Whales... to CIMT
The Center for Integrated Marine Technologies developed out of the 1996 Wind to Whales Program. Starting in 2002 and ending in 2008, the Coastal Observation Technology System (COTS) project funded CIMT to develop one of several model demonstrations of regional coastal ocean observing systems based on combined knowledge, expertise, and efforts. CIMT is funded under NOAA award #NA16OC2936 July 2002 to July 2005 and the CeNCOOS Coordination Grant August 2005 to July 2006.
The CIMT efforts are focused on the Monterey Bay region of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary-from Pt. Ano Nuevo to the North to Pt. Lobos to the South out to 122 ° 05’ west longitude. As resources become available, the spatial extent of the project can expand.
CIMT Coastal Ocean Monitoring
The CIMTprogram links new technologies and data across disciplines of marine science to address key questions for the management and conservation of California coastal marine resources. These technologies are being used to investigate the critical linkages among:
- Physical forcing mechanisms,
- The availability of critical nutrients,
- The distribution, abundance and species composition of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and
- The distribution, abundance and species composition of top-level consumers including fish, seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles.
This comprehensive interdisciplinary approach will serve as a model for integrated coastal ocean observing systems and establish the scientific basis for the effective monitoring and management of coastal fisheries and protected resources, especially those of the Monterey Bay.