Sustaining NANOOS, the Pacific Northwest Component of the US IOOS
Lead PI: Drs. Jan Newton & David Martin, University of Washington
Start Year: 2011 | Duration: 5 Years
Partners: Oregon State University, Oregon Health and Science University, Boeing, DOGAMI, WDOE & ODSL
The primary mission of the user-driven Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) is to provide Pacific Northwest (PNW) stakeholders with the ocean data, tools, and information they need to make responsive and responsible decisions, appropriate to their individual and collective societal roles. Established in 2003, NANOOS uses results from several years of NOAA-funded efforts and other regional contributions to build regional partnerships in the PNW, to coordinate regional activities, and to identify high priority user needs and requirements. NANOOS members have identified the priority areas for product development to be: maritime operations; ecosystem assessment and climate change, including PNW priority topics of hypoxia, ocean acidification, and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs); fisheries and bio-diversity; and, mitigation of coastal hazards. These four priorities operate within the essential context of Coastal Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), in which NANOOS is presently engaged with state, federal, and NGO regional partners.
NANOOS seeks to maintain the Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (RCOOS) subsystems it has developed, implemented, and integrated with NOAA IOOS. Proposed enhanced developments for NANOOS include a focus on hypoxia, ocean acidification, and biodiversity, within the context of CMSP and Marine Protected Areas. NANOOS will remain focused on delivering data-based products and services that are easy to use to a diversity of stakeholders. NANOOS will continue its proactive interactions and regional coordination with a wide range of PNW stakeholders, to prioritize and refine observations, products, and outreach efforts.