Science to Support National Park Stewardship

Along the southern California coast and throughout the country, National Park Service managers are tasked with protecting America’s most cherished places. Knowing which resources are found in our National Parks, and whether those resources are stable or changing, can help park managers make sound, science-based decisions about the future.

The Mediterranean Coast Network is one of 32 networks helping to provide that knowledge. Our scientists and partners collect long-term data on a suite of key park resources—like native plant communities, wildlife, and water quality. We analyze the results and report them to park managers, who can use what we've learned to make informed decisions.

Sunset over tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument

Our Parks

Our parks include globally significant examples of Mediterranean-type ecosystems and coastal marine environments.

A stream monitoring field crew examines the contents of a net and records data

Our Science

We continually collect data to help evaluate the health and trends of park resources and ecosystems.

Last updated: July 25, 2018