Map of the Caribbean Ocean Observing System (CaRA)
Caribbean Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA) is the regional association for the coastal and ocean observing system that is being developed for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Initial implementation of the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CarICOOS) is focused on meeting identified stakeholder needs for improved real time data products and forecasts of coastal weather (winds), currents, waves, water quality and hurricane-driven inundation for the U.S. Caribbean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
CaRA has engaged stakeholders from tourism and marine recreation, maritime transportation, security, and human and ecosystem health and economics, who require coastal seas and weather information for their decision-making. To meet both stakeholder needs and national program requirements, CaRA is focused on the following activities:
During the coming year, CaRA activities will include, among other things:
CaRA, the observing arm of the Caribbean Regional Association for Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA) provides a data portal that brings together coastal ocean data including wind, waves, tides, ocean color, and currents. It also provides access to forecasts from a variety of sources including satellites, ocean instruments and numerical models to give the user an integrated view of past, present and forecasted ocean conditions in the US Caribbean region.
Julio M. Morell, Executive Director:
Fact Sheet, 2012 (pdf)
IOOS in Action: The Caribbean (pdf)