Welcome to SCCOOS

A science-based decision support system


The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is one of eleven regions that contribute to the national U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). The regional observing systems work to collect, integrate, and deliver coastal and ocean observations in order to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. The primary goal of SCCOOS is to provide the scientific data and information needed to inform decision-making and better understand the changing conditions of the coastal ocean in Southern California. SCCOOS has aligned its priorities and objectives with the focus areas designated by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), as identified by users and stakeholders throughout the nation.

  • Ecosystems and Climate: to monitor ocean climate trends and environmental changes in the Southern California Bight by collecting physical, chemical, and biological variables.
  • Water Quality: to provide monitoring, tracking, and prediction tools for harmful algal blooms, outfall and storm water plumes, and surf zone contaminants.
  • Marine Operations: to advance integrated, customized products that are critical for safe and efficient navigation, search and rescue, and oil spill response.
  • Coastal Hazards: to provide accurate, validated inundation models and information with the long-term goal of improving coastal safety.
  • Science Education and Communication: to provide a way for the public to learn, educate, and promote scientific research using data obtained from SCCOOS.

News & Notices

Northeast Pacific Anomalies Workshop 2

November 18 & 19, 2015 - Seattle Washington


HFRadar Surface Currents

Refugio State Beach Oil Spill

May 21, 2015

UCSB - spill simulation


California State Waters Map Series - Offshore of Refugio Beach, California

Refugio Response Information


Spray Glider Data

CalCOFI Line 80


Regional Ocean Model System (ROMS) Model Output


CNN - California oil spill

ABC 10 News

Local researchers send underwater robots to assist in response to Santa Barbara oil spill

Fox 5 News

Underwater robot from Scripps aids in Santa Barbara oil spill

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