Map of the Gulf of Mexico Region Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) includes the coastal states from Florida to Texas.
GCOOS is being developed as a sustained observing system that will provide data, information, and products on marine and estuarine systems of the Gulf to a wide range of users. The GCOOS RA, established in January 2005, is working to provide observations and products needed by users in this region for:
The Board of Directors for the GCOOS established the following priorities for their activities:
A new website provides the one-stop shop information requested by boaters and fishermen in U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters:
The Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), a regional entity of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), repackaged real-time data into a website that includes seven-day oceanographic and meteorological conditions and forecasts. The product concept emerged during stakeholder workshops targeting recreational boating and fishing communities. Incorporating information from GCOOS data providers and several NOAA Offices, the suite of information offered includes near real-time weather radar, satellite cloud coverage, sea surface and air temperature, wind speed and direction, surface current speed and direction, and water depth. Users can select map layers to show nautical charts, marine hazard warnings, and habitat maps such as Essential Fish Habitat and Marine Protected Areas.
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) has a number of online products that they have developed. Among these are:
Ann Jochens, Executive Director
U.S. IOOS Program Office Contacts:
Dave Easter, Regional Coordination
Fact Sheet, 2012 (pdf)
IOOS in Action: Gulf of Mexico Region (pdf)