LTER site (BIOME)  California Current Ecosystem

 

Ecosystem Service

 

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Specific services that are important at your site

Direction of change

Primary drivers of change, if known

Public awareness of service (high, medium, low)

Institutions that manage this service

Provisioning Services

 

 

 

 

 

Food

Traditional Fisheries (vertebrates)

Environ. and anthro.

high

CDFG

NOAA

Food

Invertebrates Fisheries

-

Environ. and anthro.

low

CDFG

Food

Recreational Fisheries

Environ. and anthro.

high

CDFG

Food

Aquaculture to some degree relies on prey organisms provided by the ecosystem

Environ. and anthro.

low

-

Fiber

none

 

 

 

 

Fuel

Oil exploration

-

-

Med

Fed. B. Mines

Genetic Resources

‘Gene mining’ from isolated organisms

-

-

Low

?

Biochemicals & pharmaceuticals

Alginates

anthro.

Low

?

Ornamental resources

None

 

 

 

 

Fresh Water

Seawater desaliniation plants plannded

-

-

low

?

Other service

 

 

 

 

 

Regulating Services

 

 

 

 

 

Air quality regulation

None (?)

 

 

 

 

Climate regulation

Cooling of the coastal zone

-

-

high

n.a.

Water regulation

None

 

 

 

 

Erosion regulation

Coastal erosion (beaches and cliffs)

Environ. and anthro.

High

n.a.

Water purification and waste treatment

Various sewer outflows in the region

-

 

Medium

EPA

Disease regulation

Domoic acid poisoning

?

Med

EPA

Pest regulation

None

 

 

 

 

Pollination

None

 

 

 

 

Natural hazard regulation

None

 

 

 

 

Other service

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Services

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural diversity

 

-

 

 

 

Spiritual and religious values

Yes

-

 

 

 

Knowledge systems

?

 

 

 

 

Educational values

Various aspects of the system are used for educational activities at all levels

Changing public awareness of the importance of the ocean

Med

n.a.

Inspiration

Yes

 

 

 

 

Aesthetic values

Yes

 

 

 

 

Social relations

Yes

 

 

 

 

Sense of place

Gave rise to the South California beach culture ?

-

Environ. and anthro.

High

Local authorities

Sense of place

Yes

 

 

 

 

Cultural heritage values

Yes

 

 

 

 

Recreation and ecotourism

Yes

 

 

 

 

Other service

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Services

 

 

 

 

 

Soil formation

Sand deposition and removal by currents

 

Environmental

High

n.a.

Photosynthesis

Yes

-

Environmental

Low

n.a.

Primary production

Yes

-

Environmental

Low

n.a.

Nutrient cycling

Yes

-

Environ. and anthro.

Low

n.a.

Water cycling

Yes

-

None

Low

n.a.

Other service