Big Sur Region

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A geographic summary created by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

Location

Big Sur is a rugged, mountainous region along the Central Coast of California that is bounded to the north by Carmel and to the south by Ragged Point, just past the southern, coastal border of Monterey County.

Geography

Climate

The Big Sur region experiences a Mediterranean climate characterized by dry summers and mild wet winters. From 1915 - 2016 the average annual temperature was 68.6 F and average rainfall was 40.79 inches[1] . Big Sur receives significantly more rain than other parts of Monterey County due to the influence of the coastally positioned Santa Lucia Mountains. This geographic feature forces cool ocean air to rise quickly and subsequently fall as precipitation.

Links

Wildfire

Historic Wildfires

Agencies

Public

Private/Non-Profit

Places

State Parks and Reserves

Regional

References

  1. Big Sur Station - Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institue https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ca0790

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This page may contain students' work completed as part of assigned coursework. It may not be accurate. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of CSUMB, its staff, or students.