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, chlorophyll, depth-averaged velocity, and acoustic and optical backscatter. Dissolved oxygen is currently being added to this parameter suite.
SCCOOS helps support a 3-km quasi-operational Regional Ocean Model System (ROMS) to provide real-time simulations of circulation and physical parameters for coastal California. We also support a higher resolution coastal modeling project that uses ROMS in hindcast mode.
SCCOOS supports weekly water samples at five pier stations to monitor nutrients including ammonium, nitrate, phosphate, and silicic acid.
“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.