Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)
Lead Scientists: Steve Ramp, Francisco Chavez
Project Manager: Heather Kerkering
CeNCOOS is part of an evolving national framework of integrated coastal observing systems covering all US coastal areas including the Great Lakes and Caribbean. This national framework is called the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Ocean observing uses various physical, biological and chemical sensing technologies to add to our knowledge of changing ocean conditions and to enhance coastal management, allowing for more informed decision-making. The geographic extent of CeNCOOS includes from Point Conception north to the California-Oregon border and from the coastline out to 200 nautical miles (the seaward extent of the Exclusive Economic Zone).