Week of 4/8: System status NORMAL. To check individual assets and information, visit ioos.us and/or the Environmental Sensor Map.

landscape view south along the Atlantic coast, water to the left, dunes and seagrass to the right.

WebCOOS camera view down 6th Avenue Beachfront in Folly Beach, SC. Photo credit: WebCOOS

Over the past five years, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) and partners have successfully piloted and are working to transition to operations a coastal webcam network for the Southeast US. The network, known as WebCOOS, streamlines the collection, storage, and access to real-time and historic webcam imagery and enables image analysis and development of derived products that can be used for decision-making. These derived products, developed with open source artificial intelligence machine learning or pixel intensity thresholding algorithms, will show rip current locations, dune overwash, shoreline erosion, beach usage, and flood monitoring — all critical information needs of ocean and coastal managers. This WebCOOS infrastructure will be leveraged to scale up to a national webcam network in partnership with the IOOS Regional Associations to provide a transformational, cost-effective, multi-use observing network.


  • Year 1: $398,533
  • Year 2: $397,463
  • Year 3: $399,351
  • Total: $1,195,347

SECOORA, CARICOOS, CENCOOS, GCOOS, GLOS, MARACOOS, NANOOS, NERACOOS, PacIOOS, SCCOOS, AOOS, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of California Santa Cruz, University of South Carolina, Axiom, NOAA, USGS, and USACE


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