About Carolinas RCOOS

The Carolinas RCOOS is a sub-regional component of The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS); a federal-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. The Carolinas RCOOS supports the mission of SECOORA (www.secoora.org ) to meet geographically specific needs and enhance the nation's ability to observe and understand US waters.

Carolinas RCOOS fully integrates two existing sub-regional programs within SECOORA, the Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System (Caro-COOPS) and the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP). These programs comprised multiple facets of an end-to-end system including: deployment and maintenance of observing systems, data management/analyses, model development, and outreach and partnership activities. The transition to Carolinas RCOOS will sustain existing infrastructure that supports current valuable applications such as the NWS Carolinas Coast marine portal. Expansion of present efforts will include additional partners and provides a cost effective increase in observational capabilities, coupling of physical and environmental data for application development, and information for model validation and benchmarking, while taking a rivers-to-sea approach. Further, Carolinas RCOOS will fill a critical NOAA/NWS need for observational data to forecast winds and waves in near-shore waters and sounds.

Partners and Collaborators

This effort incorporates observational data collected by a wide spectrum of Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) members and state and federal agencies including: Caro-COOPS, CORMP, US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington office and USACE FRF at Duck NC (USACE FRF), The Coastal Processes & Sediment Dynamics Laboratory (SCNMS), USC NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), and National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), the Lower Cape Fear River Program (LCFRP), state agencies [e.g. SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC)] and Down-East Instrumentation LLC.


  1. Full integration of two existing "end-to-end" sub-regional programs within SECOORA
  2. Continued support of existing and successful SECOORA applications (e.g. Carolinas Coast)
  3. Development of new products that address regional and national priorities
  4. Direct involvement by state, federal, and industry partners