Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)
Lead PI: Dr. Eric Terrill, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Start Year: 2011 | Duration: 5 years
Partners: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Polytechnic State University, Farrallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Santa Barbara, & University of Southern California
The principal goal of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is to provide observations and data products to a diverse stakeholder community of managers and planners, operational decision makers, scientists, and the general public. As the regional observing system for Southern California, SCCOOS has developed the capabilities to support short-term decision-making and long-term assessment by implementing and leveraging biological, chemical, and physical observations, many of which are available in near real-time.
SCCOOS continues to explore new visualizations and technologies to make data and products more comprehensible and widely available. In order to achieve an effective outreach and education strategy that fully engages a wide range of audiences, SCCOOS focuses on developing projects through partnerships on the local, regional, and national levels. SCCOOS collaborates with the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) on statewide issues and formed a Joint Strategic Advisory Committee, of users and stakeholders across the state, to create a unified and coordinated approach to ocean observing in California. SCCOOS is also committed to contributing to larger ocean observing collaborations regionally, nationally, and internationally.