Sustained Ocean & Coastal Observation

Research focused on the collection and analysis of observations of the ocean and coastal environment important for understanding and monitoring on a range of timescales, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic. This includes the development and improvement of ocean and coastal observation platforms and instruments that measure biological, physical, and chemical parameters; studying the optimum configurations for observation networks; modeling, data assimilation, and diagnostic analysis of local, regional, and global marine data sets; and information product development.

These research activities contribute to NOAA Mission Goal 1: Healthy Oceans – Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems; Goal 2: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation – An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts; and Goal 3: Weather-Ready Nation – Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events.