NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program supports development of a coordinated network of people and technology that work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on our coastal waters, Great Lakes, and oceans. Activities of the National IOOS include observations and data transmission, data management and communications, and data analyses and modeling.
IOOS highlights from fiscal year 2010 include:
IOOS also used high frequency radar technology to measure surface current speed and direction in near real time. These data were incorporated into oil spill trajectory models used by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Managers and officials in coastal communities used this information to better prepare in places where it was clear oil would hit the shoreline.