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Water level forecasts

CDIP water level forecasts estimate the vertical elevation to be reached for a given coastal location, using a simple, computationally fast model that requires little information beyond wave conditions.


The California coastal wave monitoring and prediction system. Nearshore (20 m depth) modeled wave conditions based on offshore buoy observations along the California coast.

Extreme events

The network of CDIP wave buoys have recorded a number of extreme wave events from August 2007 to the present.

Coastal photo database

Since 2010 CDIP has been taking geo-tagged photos of the coastline from Imperial Beach to Dana Point by piggy-backing on yearly Coast Guard Helicopter missions. This photographic database provides a record of coastal change over the years.

CDIP Publications

Find other interesting projects in our CDIP authored publications. In addition, we list publications by other researchers and organizations that make extensive use of our data.


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


The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System is one of eleven regions that contributes to the national U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Wave Information Study

The objective of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wave Information Studies is to provide high-quality coastal wave hindcast model estimates, wave analyses products and decision tools nationwide. CDIP buoy data is critical for model validation.

POLB Marine Exchange

CDIP provides a summary of wave conditions from 3 local buoys for the Port of Long Beach Marine Exchange.