Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Project
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About CORMP

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) is a member of the congressionally mandated Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) . CORMP, primarily funded by NOAA, was established in 2000 as a research and monitoring program to address the IOOS goals in the southeastern North Carolina coastal ocean.

CORMP's overall goal is to provide an interdisciplinary science-based framework that supports sound public policy leading to wise coastal use, sustainable fisheries and improved coastal ocean ecosystem health.



Program Missions


To establish a regional observing network
that will provide observations of oceanographic
core variables in near real-time.

 

To provide operationally useful information
on the state of living marine resources
based on user-defined research needs.

     

To develop and implement a permanent data management and delivery system
that is consistent with national
recommendations proposed by IOOS Data Management and Communications.

 

To establish partnerships and to provide products and programs that meet both identified and anticipated needs of regional data user-groups.


Partners and Collaborators


CORMP has created partnerships with other coastal observing systems and local “super-users” that benefit from CORMP’s data collection activities. CORMP is currently working to establish real-time offshore and shore-based oceanographic and marine meteorological platforms extending from Cape Lookout, NC south to South Carolina. These real-time systems will provide quality assured, real-time observations available on the web, thereby serving a large set of scientific and non-scientific users who are "direct consumers" of CORMP data.

Current outreach endeavors have focused on community education, partnership development with state and federal government entities, and teacher development programs aimed at secondary educators. These outreach efforts constitute an important evolution for CORMP, one that will result in a balanced regional observing system and that will meet the needs of a full spectrum of users who stand to benefit from CORMP in the region.

The following are some of the agencies and organizations with which CORMP has established ties.

National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

 

University of South Carolina Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences


Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System (Caro-COOPS)

 

National Undersea Research Center


Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)

 

North Carolina Coastal Ocean Observing System NCCOOS)

Ocean Crest Pier

 

United States Marine Corp Base, Camp Lejeune


Southeast Center for Ocean Sciences
Education Excellence (COSEE-Southeast)

 

NOAA’s National Weather Service Wilmington Forecast Office

North Carolina Sea Grant

 

United States Army Corp of Engineers,
Field Research Facility at Duck, NC


The Coastal Data Information Program

 

Down East Instrumentation


National Estuarine Research Reserve System


 

 

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