The perfect regional wave observation network would provide accurate estimates of 2D wave spectra at any time and location within the region, where 2D spectra are defined as wave energy S, as a function of wave frequency, f, and wave direction, θ.


Current sea surface landing conditions for the CDIP Cape Canaveral, FL Buoy and the San Nicolas Island, CA Buoy.


Tsunami events recorded by CDIP's Scripps pier pressure sensor from October 1994 to the present.

Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Pollutant Transport and Dilution Experiment 2009. California beaches are culturally, economically, and ecologically important. Significant health risks and economic losses are associated with bacterial pollution at California beaches. Recent improvements in treatment and disposal have reduced coastal pollution from offshore sewage outfalls, and contamination in many urban locations during dry weather is primarily runoff that drains directly onto the beach, or from tidal flushing of contaminated creeks and estuaries.


The network of CDIP wave buoys on the east coast of the United States have recorded a number of hurricane events from August 2007 to the present.


An interesting storm event during January 2010 produced a rare storm surge event of a little over a foot in height.


The Southern California Beach Processes Study (SCBPS), sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, is monitoring and modeling beach erosion, and providing the knowledge base for more effective local and regional beach management.

Ongoing observations of beach erosion and accretion (obtained with LIDAR, personal watercraft, all terrain vehicles, and hand-pushed dollies) are available to beach management agencies, and are used by SCBPS scientists to test and develop models for beach erosion.