NOAA Awards NERACOOS $3.4m to Fund Ocean Observing Efforts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced that the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has been awarded $3.4 million to fund their critical work creating and delivering ocean data that support the region’s maritime industry and people. The award is the first of a five-year cooperative agreement between NERACOOS and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), the NOAA Office that oversees a national network of ocean data collection and delivery efforts.

Shortly after NOAA’s announcement, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire took to social media to congratulate NERACOOS: “By providing real-time data and forecasts, NERACOOS plays a key role in ensuring maritime safety and protecting ocean health. I’m thrilled to share [they] will receive more than $3.4 million from [NOAA] to maintain monitoring capabilities and bolster data delivery systems and modeling efforts.”

NERACOOS partners with many institutions throughout the region to operate their observing assets and serve New England’s maritime communities. The NERACOOS network utilizes a diverse array of tools, from buoys to underwater gliders to radar stations and more, to generate data; over its history, NERACOOS has produced and shared hundreds of millions of individual observations, and NERACOOS data servers continue to grow by about 20,000 observations each day.