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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– June 2014

University of South Florida
Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS)


In order to mitigate and reduce the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, the University of South Florida has developed a Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) for West Florida.

The system provides detailed information on coastal ocean physical conditions and warnings of coastal flooding by storm surge. The modular system has a real-time oceanographic data network. The real-time data include coastal, offshore and remote sensing data.

This observing system fulfills all of the requirements of the Coastal Module of the Global Ocean Observing System (CMGOOS). Data are supplied into a three-dimensional coastal ocean circulation model for assimilation of the whole coastal ocean and for now-casts and forecasts. The numerical model also includes surface particle Lagrangian tracking, which can trace surface water movement in event of red tide outbreak or oil spills over the coastal ocean.

Observed data and model products are directly disseminated in real-time to federal, state, and local emergency management officials via intranet and to the public via the Internet. The combined observing-modeling system also provides a robust infrastructure to support scientific studies of the coastal ocean environment, complementing federally funded programs such as ECOHAB (Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms). The Ocean Circulation Group also plays an active role in the Southeast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEACOOS).




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