Success Stories

CeNCOOS and Red Tide: Ocean Observing Benefits Local Abalone Industry

(2008) The Monterey Abalone Company recently lost about $60,000 worth of abalone to a September 2007 red tide event caused by the dinoflagellate Cochlodinium, one of several dinoflagellates that can discolor the waters -– often called a “red tide.” CeNCOOS provided general information on weather conditions and red tides through conductivity temperature and depth sensor (CTD) and water sampling, remote sensing data, and real-time wind data. Read More about CeNCOOS and Red Tide

CeNCOOS and Oil: Lessons Learned from the Cosco Busan Oil Spill

(2008) In November 2007, the M/V Cosco Busan struck the Oakland-Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay, spilling an estimated 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel. Working in partnership with the state-funded Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program, CeNCOOS assisted with spill tracking as well as with using HF Radar systems to provide real-time information on ocean currents to the response teams. CeNCOOS remains in contact with the responders, providing information to NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA HAZMAT, NOAA Sanctuaries, and the Oil Spill Prevention and Response program. Read More about CeNCOOS and Oil

CeNCOOS and Mapping: Surface Current Mapping in California

(2008) In 2002, funds were allocated to establish a statewide system to monitor and map coastal ocean circulation in near real-time. In central and northern California, the state-funded Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program is responsible for developing and operating this system. The ultimate goal is to provide products relevant to the movement and distribution of coastal waters and the substances they carry –- this information is essential to agencies responsible for managing the coastal zone. Products are distributed through CeNCOOS. Read More about CeNCOOS and Mapping

IOOS and Environmental Education

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) IOOS helps future resource managers, decision-makers and residents understand more about the Gulf of Mexico, how their activities may impact the Gulf, and how the Gulf can affect their lives. A big benefit of increasing awareness of Gulf coastal resources and processes lies in hurricane preparedness and a perhaps life-saving appreciation for the power and destructive abilities of Gulf waters. Read More about IOOS and Environmental Education

IOOS and Global Climate Research

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) Given its ocean and coastal focus and the importance of the world’s oceans in our global climate, IOOS has great potential to help global climate researchers. Many climate change research initiatives rely on the collection and availability of long-term continuous data such as those available through IOOS. These data are critical to calibrating models that forecast local and global weather patterns. Read More about IOOS and Global Climate Research

IOOS and Electricty Generation, Transmission and Distribution

Errors in the forecasted temperature account for 40 - 90 percent of electricity demand estimation errors. By using an integrated system like IOOS to acquire and analyze temperature information, data from multiple, previously unconnected sources can be assessed with different modeling techniques. Load forecasting errors can therefore be decreased by maximizing the data pool and capitalizing on the inherent strengths of multiple modeling products. Read More about IOOS and Electricity

IOOS and Renewable Energy

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) IOOS can aid in the development of renewal energy sources from the wind and ocean. IOOS can help improve wind resource assessments and forecasts for offshore and coastal areas. It can also improve the ocean information required for offshore wind system design, construction, and operation. Renewable energy is receiving increased attention as 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted renewable portfolio standards or mandates aimed at increasing the share of renewable power in their energy mixes. Read More about IOOS and Renewable Energy

IOOS and US West Coast Water Quality

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) West Coast water quality issues include ensuring clean coastal waters and beaches, and protecting and restoring healthy ocean and coastal habitats. IOOS Regional Associations (RAs) help by working with the Coastal Oceans Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP), the focus of which is the integrated monitoring of currents in the coastal ocean. The Coastal Conservancy manages COCMP with observations available through SCCOOS and CeNCOOS. The focus of the program is to make data available to agencies that are responsible for managing coastal water quality. Read More about IOOS and Water Quality

IOOS and US West Coast Fisheries

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) West Coast commercial fisheries are concerned with Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Nationwide studies estimate average annual losses of $50M to 475M due to the impact of HABs on commercial fisheries, public health, recreation and tourism, and monitoring. IOOS can help support healthy and sustained operation of fisheries by reconciling coastal topography with VDatum and providing real-time information to the Coastal Storms Program. Read More abotu IOOS and Fisheries

IOOS and Maritime Operations in the Gulf of Mexico

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) The safety and efficiency of maritime operations in the Gulf of Mexico depend on reliable environmental data to improve productivity and optimize operational efficiency, prevent damage, and limit negative environmental impacts. IOOS supports these needs by helping the maritime operations community manage risk, plan infrastructure, and more. Read More about IOOS and Maritime Operations

IOOS and US Coast Guard Vessel Management Operations

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) US ports and harbors have strong currents that can vary by depth and compromise navigation. Maximizing draft can mean maximizing profit: each foot of draft can add between $36,000 and $288,000 more in revenue per ship. The larger the vessel, the more critical it is to understand the physical conditions of the port or harbor and to have access to real-time data and modeling capabilities. Read More about IOOS and the Coast Guard

IOOS and US Coast Guard Oil Spill Response

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) IOOS aids in responding to disaster-related pollution such as oil spills by using data from the Texas Automated Buoy System (TABS). TABS facilitates oil spill response and trajectory forecasting by providing real-time, near-surface offshore current observations and forecasts. TABS buoys are also networked with hydrodynamic models that enable analysts to forecast the trajectory of the spill plume. This in turn enables the more accurate deployment of response teams. Read More about IOOS and Oil Spill Response

IOOS and US Coast Guard Search and Rescue

(NOAA-Battelle Success Stories Series 2007) A critical need of the US Coast Guard is having access to real-time ocean current information for search and rescue. Rutgers University’s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (COOL) maintains the only operational high-frequency radar network in the eastern US. Sea surface temperatures and other relevant remotely sensed ocean data can be combined with real-time current information obtained by COOL to provide critical decision-making tools such as survival likelihood, search area planning, transect plotting, and identification of the most likely location of the target. Read More about IOOS and Rescue Operations