Wave data can help mitigate the effects of short-term flooding and long-term erosion events
The nation’s coastal areas are all susceptible to coastal hazards. While these may be different depending on what part of the country one is in, the solution to mitigating the effects of these and creating more resilient communities all depend on the ability to have access to good, reliable information. U.S. IOOS plays an important role in collecting this data and developing products that help to plan for and respond to hazards within the coastal environment.
NOAA has several programs that make important information available to meet the needs of the marine operations community.
The Coastal Data Information Program is an extensive network for monitoring waves and beaches along the coastlines of the United States. The program has produced a vast database of publicly-accessible environmental data for use by coastal engineers and planners, scientists, mariners, and marine enthusiasts.
Waterwatch – Map interface to all USGS real-time water data