Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Project
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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.

NCSU Department of Marine, Earth and
Atmospheric Sciences


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)

SouthEast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEACOOS)


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,
Wilmington Office

Johnnie Mercer’s Pier


North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

Ocean Crest Pier


National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)