The Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON) is a State-of-the-Art water level monitoring network operating 24 hours a day seven days a week. TCOON currently consists of 31 active stations along the Texas coast, from Sabine Pass to Port Isabel, measuring many different environmental and physical parameters such as water levels, wind speed and direction, water and air temperature, and atmospheric pressure. A select few TCOON stations collect and report salinity levels.
TCOON provides this critical data in near real-time to coastal managers at state and federal agencies, the general public, surveyors, the commercial shipping industry, marine construction companies, recreational boaters, and those responsible for marine safety, emergency response, and evacuations.
TCOON stations also support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) developed by the National Ocean Service Center for Operational and Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). The PORTS system provides reliable, real-time water level, meteorological, and water current information to harbor pilots, vessel captains, port authorities and a wide variety of other users to ensure the safe and efficient navigation at major U.S. ports. TCOON and NOAA monitoring stations, along with acoustic Doppler current profiles comprise the data network for the Houston/Galveston PORTS and Sabine PORTS.
TCOON is managed through cooperative agreements between the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Water Development Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The network is operated and maintained by the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.