Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The concrete building at the ocean end of Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove was built by the Navy in 1952 with walls thick and strong enough to withstand a direct bomb attack. It was part of Cold War preparations, then abandoned after a few decades. A federal research group that had been operating out of trailers at the Navy's Fleet Numerical Center in Monterey moved to the oceanfront building in the 1990s, bringing equipment that helps analyze changing conditions in the Pacific and the subsequent effects on fisheries. The work of the Environmental Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center has provided some of the crucial evidence of global warming, or climate change. The scientists recently adorned their squat building next to the Point Pinos Lighthouse with a 400-foot mural that wraps around the outer walls and displays the colorful critters that flourish in Monterey Bay.
(Photo: Environmental Research Division building in PG from
their web site)