Ocean observations and web-based tools play a key role in promoting safe and efficient maritime transportation and recreational boating. Mariners, search and rescue crews, emergency managers and others are eager to access information on sea and weather conditions before heading out on the water.
SECOORA aims to improve safety and efficiency of marine operations through provision of:
- A geographically rich set of sustained observations
- Enhancing access to marine weather data
- Developing web based applications and models to serve the marine community
Observations, Tools and Projects
Below are examples of SECOORA supported efforts related to Marine Operations. Note most observations and tools funded apply to multiple themes.
Over 4,000 datasets and 75 million observations are accessible through the SECOORA Data Portal.
Use the tool to explore, download, and visualize ocean and coastal data and models in the Southeast U.S.
The portal supports Marine Operations by:
- Visualizing data from multiple sources
- Providing an expansive data catalog featuring reliable, quality controlled datasets
The Marine Weather Portal provides a one-stop shop for marine observations, forecasts, and short and long-fuse warnings for the coastal waters of the Southeast region.
The application supports the Marine Operations by:
- Providing rapid access coastal and ocean weather and sea condition data
- Visualizing hazards such as storm tracks and severe weather
- Serving the NOAA NWS Weather Forecasts offices
SECOORA funds many in-situ stations in the Southeast U.S. These technologies – buoys, metrological and coastal stations – collect data that support Marine Operations by:
- Improving weather forecasts and models
- Providing real-time; information on current sea conditions
- Supporting scientific research.
SECOORA supports High Frequency radars along the Southeast coast. The land-based instruments use radar technology to map ocean surface currents in near real-time.
This information supports Marine Operations by:
- Reducing search and rescue area of the U.S. Coast Guard
- Providing emergency managers transport information for oil spill or HAB response
- Supporting model validation