Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network
Monitoring Project

CCNM Site Characterization and Survey

Start Date: October 01, 2004

The CCNM Site Characterization and Survey will gather existing information on the environment, communities, habitats, and cultural resources of the CCNM. Existing information will be synthesized into a document providing a comprehensive CCNM description. Additionally, a team of biologists, physical scientists, anthropologists, and a professional wildlife photographer, will conduct a survey of the CCNM components in California, and write a report on their findings. Finally, these documents will be coded in HTML so they can be easily uploaded to a WWW Server for dissemination. Like the MBNMS Site Characterization, the intended audience for the CCNM document is resource managers, researchers and educators (i.e., those with some science background, and with access to resources cited in that text). Once the CCNM Site Characterization and Survey is completed, a future step will be to explore the creation of a rehabilitation program, as well as a monitoring (similar to SIMoN).

The scope of the CCNM Site Characterization and Survey includes the following tasks:
(1) A comprehensive search of published and unpublished literature and data associated with the physical, biological, ecological, and cultural aspects of the CCNM. This will include, but will not be limited to, government reports, theses, dissertations, pertinent research reports, final reports of grants and other competitive awards, scientific literature publications, books, and available databases;
(2) Inclusion of literature into a bibliographic database;
(3) A comprehensive evaluation and synthesis of collected CCNM literature. Including:
a) An introduction, including a description of the BLM and the National Monument Program.
b) Descriptions of the environmental, cultural, historical, and socioeconomic resources.
c) Descriptions of the biological communities, including descriptions of the prominent species, threatened and endangered species, and interactions found within each of these communities.
(4) A Site Survey and findings report by an interdisciplinary team of experts;
(5) A comprehensive photographic record (including videography where appropriate) by a professional photographer (with expertise in coastal ecosystems) of the biological communities, geological properties, cultural artifacts, historical, and socioeconomic resources examined in the Site Survey;
(6) Identification and summary of data gaps; and,
(7) HTML coding of the final products for upload to a WWW Server.

The benefits of the CCNM Site Characterization and Survey are that it will:
(1) Provide a “current knowledge” baseline about the CCNM and its natural resources for resource managers, academic researchers, and NGOs as they pursue their day-to-day operations, and for future reference.
(2) In the event of a catastrophic event (oil spills, ship groundings, etc.), it will provide mitigation managers with precise information and photo documentation about what has been lost, or what is threatened.
(3) Serve to identify gaps in knowledge about the CCNM - helping to target future research and monitoring efforts.
(4) Be a learning tool for the general public about the CCNM from which they can hone their knowledge and research items of interests.