The Southeastern Universities Research Association’s (SURA) Southeastern Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction Program (SCOOP) is creating an open-access network of distributed sensors and a grid environment for the southeastern coastal zone. This initiative supports the national agenda to establish an integrated, sustained ocean observing system. SCOOP’s primary goal is to implement a comprehensive observing system that will make possible the most accurate and timely short and long-term predictions about interrelated ocean phenomena such as wave patterns, storm surges and currents. These predictions will guide efforts to preserve the ecology of coastal regions, plan for hurricanes, floods and other disasters, develop the maritime operations, and protect our coasts from natural and man-made threats. SCOOP will provide real-time, open access to raw and analyzed data and to linked numerical models through a Web portal interface.

RENCI Contribution

RENCI has developed a grid-enabled distributed system for real-time computing of tidal and storm-driven water levels along the East and Gulf coasts. Storm surge modeling requires assembling input meteorological data sets, running hydrodynamic models, comparing outputs with collected measurements, and distributing the resulting information. The models can be run after events to help design flood protection projects or assess risks (hindcast mode), or in near real-time to assist in evacuation, rescue, and other operational decision making (forecast mode). Hindcast mode runs utilize an Open Grid Computing Environment (OGCE) portal interface, which enables the models to be run using grid computing resources. The grid-enabled modeling system uses the Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) model and leverages resources distributed across the SCOOP Grid.


This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Award No. NA04NOS4730254.

Project Leaders

  • Rick Luettich, Department of marine sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Brian Blanton, Renaissance Computing Institute
  • Mark Johnson, MCNC

Project Team

  • Brian Blanton, project lead
  • Kenneth Galluppi
  • Howard Lander
  • Brad Viviano
  • Gopi Kandaswamy


  • Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Brian O. Blanton, Howard M. Lander, Richard A. Luettich, Jr, Daniel A. Reed, Steven R. Thorpe, Real-time Storm Surge Ensemble Modeling in a Grid Environment, Second International Workshop on Grid Computing Environments (GCE), Workshop at SC|06, November 2006, Tampa, Florida
  • “The SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction Program (SCOOP) Service-Oriented Architecture,” Philip Bogden et al, Proceedings of MTS/IEEE 06 Conference in Boston, September 18-21, 2006 Boston, MA, Session 3.4 on Ocean Observing Systems.
  • “SCOOP: Enabling a Network of Ocean Observations for Mitigating Coastal Hazards,” Joanne Bintz et al. Submitted to the Proceedings of the Coastal Society 20th International Conference, May 14-17, 2006; St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • “The Southeastern University Research Association Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction Program: Integrating Marine Science and Information Technology,” Bogden, P., Allen, G., Stone, G., Bintz, J., Graber, H., Graves, S., Luettich, R., Reed, D., Sheng, P., Wang, H., Zhao, W. Proceedings of the OCEANS 2005 MTS/IEEE Conference. Sept 18-23, 2005, Washington, D.C.



SCOOP is a collaborative effort among the following partners: