Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System

Project 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 include a sophisticated information
management infrastructure designed to process and deliver information
to a variety of public users, as well as to model applications.