About Us

About Us

CeNCOOS & National Ocean Observing

CeNCOOS is the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System, we are part of a national framework of integrated coastal observing systems covering all coastal areas throughout the United States. This national framework is called the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

We are one of eleven geographically distinct observing systems in the IOOS network. The regional extent of CeNCOOS includes from Point Conception north to the California-Oregon border, from the coastline out to 200 nautical miles (the seaward extent of the Exclusive Economic Zone) and includes bays and estuaries in this region.

Within the state, CeNCOOS collaborates closely with its neighboring Regional Association, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System - SCCOOS, and the state agencies supporting coastal management activities.

For more information about CeNCOOS projects, funding and staff see our CeNCOOS Program section.