U.S. IOOS is comprised of eleven Regional Associations (RAs), which guide development of and stakeholder input to regional observing activities. The RAs serve the nation’s coastal communities, including the Great Lakes, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands and territories. Click on the yellow dots close for information on the regional coastal ocean observing systems.
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Act, Alliance for Coastal Technologies is an important partner working with both the federal and regional ocean observing organizations within U.S. IOOS,
ACT is a NOAA-funded partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies that supports the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms. ACT is also committed to providing the information required to select the most appropriate tools for studying and monitoring coastal environments.
Testbed, SURA, Southeastern Universities Research Association
SURA, Southeastern Universities Research Association is working with government agencies and researchers to advance information technology and improve understanding of coastal, ocean, and environmental phenomena. The goal of this activity is to create a multi-disciplinary, community-based modeling testbed that facilitates improved coastal ocean prediction. The testbed will allow scientists to share models, observations, and tools needed to elucidate, prioritize, and, ultimately, link models so they can be used interchangeably. The goals include improving and evaluating models already in operational use within the Atlantic and Gulf Coast super-region, assessing system performance, and facilitating the transition of models from research to operations. Pilot testbed projects will address three recurrent issues within the super region: (1) coastal inundation; (2) estuarine hypoxia; and (3) shelf hypoxia. An overarching theme will involve the design and implementation of cyberinfrastructure (CI) to support the three coastal themes.
IOOS Association is a non-profit organization formed by the Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing in support of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
Regional planning Document - This document focuses on the contribution of the regional systems to the national program, and includes plans for budgeting for observing capacity, product services, system management, and outreach.