U.S. IOOS delivers the data and information needed to increase understanding of our coastal waters, so that decision-makers can take action to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. U.S. IOOS supplies critical information about our Nation’s waters. Scientists working to understand climate change, governments adapting to changes in the Arctic, municipalities monitoring local water quality, industries understanding coastal and marine spatial planning all have the same need: reliable and timely access to data and information that inform decision making.
Benefits to Lives and Livelihoods to learn how easier and better access to this information is improving our ability to:
|Predict Severe Weather||Forecast Hazards||Detect Ocean Acidification||Improving Search and Rescue Times||Monitor Water Quality|
|Enhance Oil Spill Response|
|Improving search and rescue times||HF radar data - currents overlaid with oil coverage||CDIP Buoy off Kaumalapau Harbor||CDIP provides wave conditions|
|Sector Support (shellfish industry)||Safe Drinking Water||Increased Observations Improve Forecasts|
Collecting Ocean Data with Marine Mammals - Scientists are enlisting marine mammals with electronic tags to collect critical ocean data from around the nation. NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System is working to standardize various tagging programs so researchers can better tap into this data stream.
Scarlet Knight, Ocean Glider Set to Attempt Atlantic Crossing - story, Podcast and more