CeNCOOS announces the start of a new project to continuously monitor subsurface ocean conditions along a 300km track line off Trinidad Head. These measurements fill an important gap in oceanographic observations between Newport, OR, and Monterey Bay, CA; an area that has been identified in many California Current plans as a key sampling location.
A Message from New CeNCOOS Director, David Anderson:
CeNCOOS Winter Meeting January 20 and 21 in Santa Cruz
CeNCOOS 2015 Elections
New CeNCOOS Website!
CeNCOOS & GCOOS Collaborate on Marine Biodiversity Pilot Project
Ocean Acidification Data Portal Debuts
CalPoly Hires a New Physical Oceanographer
On January 28th, 2008, reports of 'tarballs' washing up on shorelines throughout central California arrived via beach monitoring agencies and the public. These floating bits of oil are dime to dinner plate sized.
The beaches where tarballs were found - as of January 29th, 2008 - is made available courtesy of Glen Watabayashi (NOAA) (at right). The sightings have decreased in Monterey and Santa Cruz Countiey, but continue especially in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Dept of Environmental Health closed two beaches as a result of the oil washing ashore and warn that this may continue for months.
On November 7, 2007, the container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the Oakland-Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay spilling an estimated 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the Bay. In the days that followed, currents spread the oil throughout the Bay and to coastal areas outside the Bay.
In collaboration with the Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP), CeNCOOS assisted in the spill tracking with surface current and trajectory information using the High Frequency Radar system in SF Bay and along the California coast. Real-time surface current information can be found through the HF Radar data section .