SCCOOS employs a variety of in situ and remote sensing technologies to measure physical, chemical, biological, and geological parameters as well as supports ocean models and provides forecasts of future conditions.

Since 2005, SCCOOS automated shore stations provide real-time temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll at four pier locations along the California coast.

Spray glider surveys collect data on temperature, salinity, pressure, pH, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, depth-averaged velocity, and acoustic and optical backscatter.

Data collected from over 60 high-frequency (HF) radars in Southern California are processed and displayed as surface currents maps in near real-time.

The Regional Ocean Model Systems (ROMS) aids in evaluation of the effects of nutrient inputs from outfall plumes, river plumes, and upwelling processes on bloom formation and nutrient cycles.

The Del Mar mooring collects data on temperature, salinity, oxygen, current vectors, fluorescence, and backscatter.

At SCCOOS four manual shore stations net tows are used to measure Harmful Algal Bloom species and domoic acid as well as collect water samples to measure for nutrients and chlorophyll.

“Burkeolators” detect changes in seawater chemistry by measuring temperature, salinity, dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), pH, pCO2, and total alkalinity.

In 2004, SCCOOS funded the addition of nine nearshore stations to the CalCOFI cruises which collect hydrographic, chemical, and biological properties.

Manual shore stations at six sites along California coast collect data on sea surface temperature and salinity.

The Datawell wave buoy is a high-resolution accelerometer-based instrument that measures wave height, wave period, wave direction, sea surface temperature, and in some locations, surface currents.

Meteorological stations along the coast provide wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, rainfall, and water temperature data.