The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is one of eleven regions that contributes 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 principal goal of SCCOOS is to provide observations and 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 and models, many of which are available in near real-time. SCCOOS priorities and objectives are aligned with the seven societal goals as outlined in the IOOS Summit Report. The focus themes, as designated by IOOS, highlight these priorities and are designed to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.
- Coastal Hazards: to provide accurate, validated inundation models and information with the long-term goal of improving coastal safety.
- Ecosystems and Climate: to monitor ocean climate trends and environmental changes in the Southern California Bight by collecting physical, chemical, and biological data.
- Marine Operations: to advance integrated, customized products that are critical for safe and efficient navigation, search and rescue, and oil spill response.
- Science Education and Communication: to provide visualizations and resources for the public to learn, educate, and promote scientific research using data obtained from SCCOOS.
- Water Quality: to provide monitoring, tracking, and prediction tools for harmful algal blooms, outfall and stormwater plumes, and surf zone contaminants.