Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System

Data Center Description
The Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System
(Caro-COOPS) initiative is based upon an instrumented array of
coastal and offshore moorings, which are being deployed off of
the coast of the Carolinas. The information from this observing
system will be used to monitor and model estuarine and coastal
ocean conditions, as well as develop predictive tools and
ultimately forecasts for coastal managers. The initial product
of Caro-COOPS will be an advanced, integrated storm surge model,
based on real-time monitoring of hydrologic and meteorological
conditions and processed by state-of-the-art computer
models. Future applications of Caro-COOPS information will
include water quality and transport of pollutants, sediment
transport and shoreline stability, and the state of the
fisheries. Caro-COOPS also includes a sophisticated information
management infrastructure designed to process and deliver
information to a variety of public users, as well as to model

Caro-COOPS is a partnership among the University of South
Carolina, North Carolina State University, and the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington. It is funded by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


[Summary provided by The Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing
and Prediction System.]