This report describes the spatial and temporal variation in wave height for the study system in the broader context of the Southern California Bight. A new, low-cost pressure sensor was engineered for measuring wave height and period. These sensors were placed for several months at 32 sites around the Channel Islands where long-term kelp forest monitoring occurs. Matching sensor data with CDIP wave hindcasts made it possible to correct the CDIP model hindcast to make it applicable to nearshore sites in this region. With these corrections, annual wave energy was estimated for 88 sites where long term biotic monitoring had been conducted in the study region. These data were analyzed to assess the extent that wave energy affects species abundances and, in particular, how a reduction in wave height would affect various species.