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Maritime Operations

The coastal and inland waters of the Pacific Northwest have a long history of being used as transportation routes. Now, Oregon and Washington are home to over 20 ports that support many industries including:

  • Commerce, trade, and shipping
  • Commercial fishing
  • Military facilities (Navy and Coast Guard)
  • Cruise lines
  • Ferry systems
  • NOAA West Coast Ship Operations
  • Renewable marine energy
  • Recreational boating

Puget Sound, the Columbia River, and multiple other locations along the Washington and Oregon coastline are essential hubs to these industries, which are vital not just for the security, safety, and economy of Washington and Oregon, but for the whole country.

Areas of Emphasis

Related Topics

NVS Maritime Operations App

Observations and enhanced forecasts of nearshore waves and currents that are applicable to the maritime and fishing communities.

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Related NANOOS Products

Forecast Information and Data Products for Tuna Fishers

Information and data products oriented towards commercial and recreational albacore tuna fishing communities.

NOAA NOS/CO-OPS Tide Prediction

Tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Science (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS)/Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services (CO-OPS).

OSU Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) Surface Fields

Forecast map of water temperature and surface currents for the Oregon and SW Washington Coast.

WaveWatch III Wind and Wave Model

Forecasts for winds and waves in the North Pacific. Forecasts are updated every 6 hours starting at 13:00 PDT. Forecasts provided by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS)/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

High-Frequency (HF) Radar Surface Currents

Observations of daily averaged ocean surface current speed and direction for the Oregon coast.

X-band Wave Imaging Marine Radar

Real-time wave observations in Newport, OR to investigate wave breaking and wave/current interaction processes at the inlet to Yaquina Bay.

NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

Observations of air and water temperature, wind, barometric pressure, and waves.


Observations of water level, air and water temperature, barometric pressure, and winds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Science (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS)/Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services (CO-OPS).

NANOOS members involved in this effort include:

Regional Coastal Observing Systems



Central and Northern California

Great Lakes

Gulf of Mexico

Pacific Islands


Northeast Atlantic

Pacific Northwest

Southern California

Southeast Atlantic