Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
Click here for Long-Term trends
Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings
Diablo is located in the Central Coast region of California, within the Point Buchon State Marine Reserve. This site is located on the property surrounding Diablo Canyon Power Plant, managed by PG&E, and access is extremely restricted. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.
Diablo is dominated by a mixture of consolidated bedrock and sandy beach, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is southwest.
Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Diablo were established in 2007, and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), and Phyllospadix (Surfgrass). In addition, motile invertebrates, barnacle recruitment and mussel size structure are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.
Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2008. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 20 meters (along shore) x 66.6 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.
For more information about Diablo, please contact Pete Raimondi.