National Current Observation Program (NCOP)

Updated 2012-07-25

The NCOP collects, analyzes, and disseminates observations and predictions of tidal currents for over 2,700 locations throughout the United States. The NCOP conducts annual tidal current surveys in various locations which deploy current meters for 30-90 days to acquire enough data to generate accurate tidal current predictions. Main gaps: NOAA maintains tidal current predictions at approximately 2,750 locations. However, there are little historical data north of the Aleutian chain, and those data are very old.  

Time frame

Project time span
1800 -
Data collection
1800 -
Data processing
1800 -
Data reporting
1800 -

Contact information

Contact person
- -
Laura Rear

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Current speed and direction profiles.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project


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