Alaska Ocean Observing System | An IOOS Regional Data Portal
As the “eye on Alaska’s coasts and oceans,” Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) represents a network of critical ocean and coastal observations. Data and information available through the site shed light on the status of Alaska’s marine ecosystem and helps stakeholders make informed decisions about their use of the marine environment.
The AOOS site's Ocean Data Explorer tool is a statewide portal with access to all of AOOS’ public data. It gives users a way to visualize and integrate different types of data from many sources. Users can search or browse real-time conditions, operational and research forecasts, satellite observations, and other spatially referenced datasets that describe the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of Alaska and its surrounding waters. Users can also add and remove layers, select base maps, and see change over time with an interactive time slider. Metadata and project contacts are also available.
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. Integrated ocean information is available in near real time, as well as retrospectively. Easier and better access to this information is improving our ability to understand and predict coastal events such as storms, wave heights, and sea level change. Such knowledge is needed for everything from retail to development planning.
This site is one of eleven regional associations (RAs), which guide development of and stakeholder input to regional observing activities. The RAs serve the nation's coastal communities, including the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands and territories. All RAs offer data collected in their region through their website data portals. Datasets offered at each portal reflect the regional associations' specific strengths and local partnerships.