IOOS® provides a nationwide network of coastal observing systems that are uniquely positioned to provide the information needed to address the broad themes below that have been identified by users and stakeholders throughout the nation.
Safe and efficient shipping and boating; offshore energy; support to search and rescue
Providing hazard and disaster information where and when it is needed; promoting risk-wise behavior.
Status and trends of essential variables; supporting coastal communities
Harmful algal blooms, hypoxia; protecting drinking water; ocean acidification, beach & near shore water quality; ecosystem based management