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TCOON data offers many different applications for projects, programs and initiatives along the Texas coast. Users of this data including government agencies, private corporations and private citizens.

The TCOON system has proved invaluable in monitoring severe coastal storms such as hurricanes. The National Ocean Service (NOS) maintains a network of seven permanent stations in Texas. Data collected from these stations allow users to graphically monitor storm surges. The NOS transfers this data to the National Weather Service, which uses the information in its severe storm warnings and evacuation guidance. The NOS adds TCOON data to its website during hurricanes to provide more information for monitoring water levels before, during and after the storms.

TCOON provides near real-time data and information to local, state and federal agencies for preparation of public emergency notification of weather events. The data collected provides users with information needed to formulate plans of action as well as monitor threatened areas. Officials benefit from accurate and current data to make informed decisions concerning evacuation plans and routes during storm events and courses of action during search and rescue attempts.

TCOON data is critical to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) mandated dredging program, which includes the regular maintenance of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, port access channels and federally mandated navigation routes. With accurate water and channel depths, the Corps can design dredging projects and calculate the precise amount of dredge material to be removed from waterways.

In addition, TCOON data is used to:

  • Provide port authorities and pilots in the shipping industry with accurate, real-time wind, current, water level and tidal information at the entrance of ship channels, which enhances the navigation safety of commercial vessels transiting, entering or leaving port. 
  • Provide historical and up-to-date information on the wind, tides, currents and waves in sensitive areas to aid in the transportation of crude oil and oil products. 
  • Provide coastal engineering projects with required water level and wind data for project planning and design. Models are needed to analyze flood flow and damages, explore freshwater inflows and the effect of frontal passages for permit requirements, and the effects of navigation channel deepening on salinity, hurricane surge and overall water quality. 
  • Provide tidal patterns to fisheries scientists in monitoring and measuring the duration of a flood event and its effects on inter-tidal habitat, water elevation, temperature and physical processes associated with tides.