Surface Current Mapping

COCMP maps surface current speed and direction along the California coast. This interactive current display is provided courtesy of the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center.

The California Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP) provides real time visualizations of surface currents along the coast of California and is part of a larger, national network. COCMP is a state-wide network of high frequency (HF) radar instruments that use radio waves to measure the speed and direction of surface currents with resolution ranging from 500 m in San Francisco Bay to 6 km and out to a distance of 180 km offshore. CSU partners in the project are Humboldt State University, San Francisco State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Other partners in the program include UC Davis, Naval Postgraduate School, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Data are available through CeNCOOS, SCCOOS, and CORDC.

For more information on surface current mapping please contact:

Dr. John Largier
Bodega Marine Laboratory
P.O. Box 247
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Phone: 707-875-1930