Congressman Rohrabacher visited the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System

Sep 22, 2006
Press Release

Washington, Sep 22, 2006 - On September 22, 2006, Rep. Rohrabacher visited the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) Huntington Beach 2006 field experiment focusing on nearshore and surfzone observations in San Pedro Bay. The Huntington Beach filed experiment is focused on the understanding and prediction of nearshore currents-critical in predicting the fate and determining the origin of contaminants in this zone that extends from the shoreline to approximately 2km offshore. It is the most heavily used part of the coastal ocean, and the region where water quality is most seriously impacted by pollutants. At the site, instruments had been installed in the surfzone to collect data used for validating and calibrating nearshore current models. During Rep. Rohrabacher’s visit a pink dye was released to allow researchers to use dye sensors to track its movement in the surfzone to improve their prediction of nearshore currents. The results can then produce mapping products useful for understanding the transport of pollutants along the coast. For more information on SCCOOS Huntington Beach 2006 go to www.sccoos.org