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Rip current monitoring system to prevent accidents

To prevent accidents caused by rip currents, KHOA provides rip current information to the Korea Coast Guard, 911 and relevant regional offices. We have been running the rip current monitoring system since 2013 by installing ocean buoys and CCTVs on eight beaches to acquire fundamental oceanic and image data required for detecting and predicting rip currents. We installed a new ocean buoy at Sokcho Beach in April this year and are planning to install six CCTVs in June. The buoys observe wave height/direction/period, current direction/velocity, air & water temperature for calculating rip current index. The system is temporarily run between July and September when the beaches open and text messages are sent to the Korea Coast Guard and 911. However it will be serviced throughout the year to the public from this year.