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Video Features OA Monitoring Partnership

The New York Times, as part of the "California Matters" series, posted a video exploring our science-industry partnership to monitor ocean acidification and water quality in Tomales Bay.  The video follows host Mark Bitmann as he visits with Tessa Hill (UC Davis) and Hog Island Oyster Company co-owner Terry Sawyer to discuss ocean observing assets deployed at the oyster farm.  These instruments are being used to track water conditions that are important to both research science and the shellfish companies in the area.

Underwater Glider Observations - Trinidad Head, California

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. 

Hog Island OA Sensors

New ocean acidification sensors were recently deployed at Hog Island Oyster Company in a project to test newly developed sensors in partnership with shellfish growers along the West Coast.  The information from this sensor will directly benefit local shellfisheries and will be available publicly through the new IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification data portal (IPACOA) and the CeNCOOS data portal.

CeNCOOS Response to Tarballs on Beaches

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.

CeNCOOS Response to the 2007 San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

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.

CeNCOOS Contributions
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 .

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