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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