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 and pH and oxygen at three pier sites.
SCCOOS supports weekly water samples at five pier stations to monitor phytoplankton abundance, Domoic Acid and nutrients including ammonium, nitrate, phosphate, and silicic acid.
Flood forecasting models were developed for Cardiff, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.
Manual shore stations at six sites along the California coast collect data on sea surface temperature and salinity.