Urban Ocean Observatory at Davidson Laboratory
NY/NJ Coastal Observing & Forecasting System

Welcome to the Urban Ocean Observatory!

The New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS) was established to permit an assessment of ocean, weather, environmental, and vessel traffic conditions throughout the New York Harbor and New Jersey Coast regions. The system is designed to provide a knowledge of meteorological and oceanographic conditions both in real-time and forecasted out to 72 hours in the Hudson River, the East River, NY/NJ Estuary, Raritan Bay, Long Island Sound and the coastal waters of New Jersey. In this web site you will see graphic images of: water level; surface and bottom temperature; surface and bottom salinity; surface and bottom currents; NOAA winds; coastal waves - height, period and direction; CDOM (Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter). Newly added is Acoustic Tranmission Loss. On the forecast page, click on the red and white Question Mark for help.


Surface Currents: Davidson Laboratory is now recording surface currents on the lower Hudson River at multiple locations.


New service: TRACES - Forecast waterborne pollutant movement using NYHOPS and NOAA GNOME.


Read about NYHOPS applications and user testimonials.


Download NYHOPS forecasts in Google Earth here

An animation (built using Google Earth) of a ship moving north from the anchorage into NY Harbor and lower Manhattan may be seen here.


DISCLAIMER: NYHOPS adheres to NOAA standards and guidelines for use and reliability of our forecasts. Click here to view.


The real-time analyses and forecasts are being produced under the guidance of Dean Michael Bruno and Prof. Alan F. Blumberg. The forecast products are being designed at Stevens by Dr. Nickitas Georgas. Data administration and web development are handled by Dave Runnels.

Support provided by: Office of Naval Research, New Jersey Department of Transportation. and Department of Homeland Security. A special thank you goes to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and to HydroQual, Inc. for their permissions to use the extensively validated 3D circulation model from which the NYHOPS model has evolved.

© 2006-2012 Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology. All rights reserved.


Available Parameters
Surface Currents & Current Profiles
Surface Temperature & Temperature Profiles
Surface & Bottom Salinity & Profiles
Water Levels
Surface meteorology (winds etc.)
Coastal Waves (Height, Period & Direction)
CDOM (Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter)