Storm Photo

Welcome Citizen Scientists!

Have you ever wanted to contribute to science but didn't know how?  Well here's your chance!  We at SCCOOS need your help with a project called "Storm Photo".  The goal of Storm Photo is to get the help of citizen scientists like yourself to document flooding events from Imperial Beach, California of San Diego County to Point Conception, California of Santa Barbara County.

Contributing to Science has never been easier!

  • Anyone can participate and no registration is required.
  • As we gather observations we will post them here.  Please check back periodically as this project progresses. 


Tips for making Good Observations

  • Become your favorite detective.  Put on your "thinking cap" and use all of your senses. 
  • Make written notes of what you observe.  These notes are the primary observation.  Back your specific observation with a full quality, well-framed photo taken with your cell phone.  Submit your notes and photos in an email to  If you have more than 10 MB of photos, send them in subsequent emails.  However we do not want a plethora of photos to sift through, so be sure to pick only your best photos.  Carefully frame your shots to make sure the photo backs up what you have noted. 
  • It is unlikely that you will observe a flooding event at its peak.  Therefore, try to determine what has happened by examining the available evidence.  Look for evidence to determine the breadth and depth of the flooding.  Use that "thinking cap" and all of your senses as necessary.
  • Finally, try to summarize what you have observed as mild floodingmoderate flooding, or severe flooding.  This might help you to take another look at the evidence, to decide for yourself which category the event falls under. 
Mission Beach December 12, 2015. 9:42 am

How to Submit Your Observations

Observations are submitted by sending an email (no text messages) to  We expect participants to use their cell phone to submit written notes and full quality photos.  We will also ask that cell phones have "location services" turned on because the photos submitted will contain GPS location data within them, which is vital for this project

Moderate flooding Highway 101 Solana Beach, February 20, 2010. 9:00 am

La Jolla Marine Room November 24, 2015.