PISCO scientists collect biological, chemical, and physical data about ocean ecosystems in the nearshore portions of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Our goals are to provide a well-managed, long-term archive of the many data collections and make those data widely accessible.

Because ecosystem data are diverse in their content and structure, the program strives to produce detailed documentation (metadata) to assist researchers in interpretation and analysis.

Users can access to ecological and oceanographic data through different data access applications. Partnerships with the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) and the Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring program at UC Santa Cruz help to provide access platforms.