There are three areas of maritime operations that ocean observing efforts can support by providing relevant and timely ocean and weather data.
- Safe and efficient marine commercial shipping, fishing, ferry crossings, and recreational boating. Mariners need accurate observations and forecasts of ocean and weather conditions to assist with route planning to reduce shipping or fuel costs and improve safety while underway.
- Search and Rescue (SAR) and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) operations and missions. Emergency responders rely on real-time and forecasted surface and bottom ocean currents and winds, plus additional ocean conditions such as waves and swell to effectively respond to man-overboard or hazardous material spills.
- Renewable marine energy planning, including siting and operations related to wave energy. Entities involved with planning utilize synthesis products that provide regional-scale baseline environmental data and use a Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning process to identify areas where other maritime operation activities exist.
Areas of Emphasis
Fisheries & Biodiversity
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.
New Dungeness, WA (View in NVS)
Cape Elizabeth, WA (View in NVS)
Columbia River Bar, OR (View in NVS)
Stonewall Banks, OR (View in NVS)
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).
Grays Harbor, WA (View in NVS)
NANOOS members involved in this effort include:
The Maritime Exchange of Puget Sound
Council of American Master Mariners
The Puget sound Harbor Safety Committee
Port of Neah Bay
National Observing System Partners
Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT)
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)
Integrated Ocean Observing System IOOS