Access is provided to near real-time and historical ocean observations, including water temperature, water levels, currents, winds, and waves, as well as other meteorological and water quality parameters and model outputs, including simulations of past conditions and forecasts. Measurement platforms range from in-situ to remote sensing.
Coastal and oceanographic data sets from 11 regional associations are included as part of this data. Regional associations cover areas from the head of the tide to the U.S. exclusive economic zone, as well as the Great Lakes.
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- How’s the Beach? — Tool for monitoring bacterial water quality for Southeast beaches
Limitations and Notes
These data sets are an aggregation of data from multiple sources, including academia, industry, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The geographic boundaries of the 11 regional associations are approximations and sometimes vary based on placement of observing assets. In some cases the boundaries overlap. Boundaries are shown to extend to the exclusive economic zone, but this isn’t always an exact representation. Data types provided within each region will vary, and data quality ranges from raw (no quality control applied) to fully processed and accepted. Associations implement QARTOD (ioos.noaa.gov/qartod) quality control standards to the assets they directly operate and maintain, and they also work with data providers to apply quality control procedures. Observations are not meant to be used for navigation purposes. Always read and understand the data owners’ disclaimers to assess utility and appropriate applications.