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New Publications Feature NANOOS PIs, Data, and Information

Three scientific papers published recently feature NANOOS PIs, data, and information. The articles "Extreme Oceanographic forcing and Coastal Response Due to the 2015-2016 El Niño" and "New Ocean, New Needs: Application of Pteropod Shell Dissolution as a Biological Indicator for Marine Resource Management" include NANOOS PIs as co-authors. Last year’s Pacific Anomalies Workshop 2, organized by NANOOS, is mentioned in the article "Satellite Sea Surface Temperatures Along the West Coast of the United States During the 2014–2016 Northeast Pacific Marine Heat Wave".

22 Feb 2017

Understanding the 2015 West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom

NANOOS provides an on-line overview of what scientists have learned regarding the large, unprecedented Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) along the U.S. west coast during spring 2015. Prepared by JISAO scientist Ryan McCabe, the overview explains that the HAB was initiated by anomalously warm water temperatures. This has implications for a higher occurrence of HAB events as waters warm, which presents ecological, economic, and human health repercussions. NANOOS is collaborating with UW, NOAA, and other partners on a project to provide HAB forecasts.

21 Feb 2017

NANOOS Public Outreach Efforts

NANOOS makes it a priority to engage users via outreach events throughout the Pacific Northwest. NANOOS contributed to the American Meteorological Society "WeatherFest" on January 22nd in Seattle, Washington, to heighten awareness of weather and ocean forecast and real-time data on NVS. NANOOS attended the annual Sound Waters "one-day university for all" on February 4th at Whidbey Island, Washington, to promote public ocean literacy. On February 25-26th we will be at the Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show in Salem, Oregon, demonstrating the NVS Boaters and Tuna Fishers apps.

13 Feb 2017

Special Collection Announced for Pacific Anomalies

Manuscripts are being solicited by AGU Journals (JGR-Oceans, GRL, JGR-Atmosphere, JGR-Biogeosciences) for the special collection titled "Midlatitude Marine Heatwaves: Forcing and Impacts" This special collection was motivated by the two Pacific Anomalies Workshops (PAWs) organized to discuss multi-year warm anomalies. The PAW2 report synthesizes knowledge on status and driving mechanisms of Pacific anomalies and their effects in three topical areas; atmosphere-ocean interactions; open ocean-coastal interactions; and ecosystem responses. Included are recommendations on needs (observations, modeling, or studies) limiting our understanding or ability to forecast anomaly dynamics or impacts.

31 Jan 2017

National Strategy for Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings Released

IOOS, the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have released the "National Strategy for a Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings". The Strategy evaluates the existing inventory and provides ten recommendations towards development of an implementation plan. The primary recommendation is to identify regional observing gaps best addressed with coastal moorings, using a targeted stakeholder engagement approach to integrate stakeholder input. This effort will be led jointly by NOAA mooring operators and IOOS RAs, like NANOOS.

25 Jan 2017

NANOOS Participates in NOAA West Watch

NOAA’s Western Regional Environmental Conditions and Impacts Coordination project brought back its popular webinar series again and will present every other month. The January 2017 webinar summarized coastal environmental conditions and impacts in the Western Region. The webinar included contributed slides from NANOOS, CeNCOOS and SCCOOS, who will regularly report on their local coastal ocean conditions. The next webinar will be 20 March 2017 at 1 pm. Contact us at NANOOS if you want to participate.

24 Jan 2017

NVS Version 5.2 Released

The newest version of the NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) has been released. This new version includes a new "Routes" feature that allows users to create, edit, and download waypoints before going out on the water. This new feature is available in the Data Explorer, Boaters, Tuna Fishers, and Maritime Operations NVS Apps. NVS version 5.2 also includes modifications to cruise data in the Salish Cruises App; cruises are now listed by year in a user-friendly format for accessing data.

23 Jan 2017

CDIP Wave Buoy Re‑deployed in NANOOS Region

The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) recently redeployed the Umpqua CDIP wave buoy with a new mooring and acoustic release off the coast of Charleston Harbor, Oregon. Important to coastal navigators and planners, CDIP buoys measure wave height, period, and peak direction. Data from this asset and other CDIP buoys are available via NVS.

29 Dec 2016

NANOOS Observer: October 2016

The October 2016 "NANOOS Observer" newsletter has been posted. This edition highlights some of the work that NANOOS has accomplished within the last five months. These announcements include new features on the NANOOS Visualization System (NVS), education and outreach events, published reports, and other exciting projects. To automatically receive new NANOOS Observer editions in the future, click the "Newsletter" icon at the top of the page and enter your email address.

1 Nov 2016

NVS Version 5

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) version 5 is now live with several exciting new features. One of the key additions to this update include a new "Current Conditions" feature within many NVS apps. This new feature provides a regional view of data from all assets reporting real-time water and air temperatures, barometric pressures, waves, and wind measurements. NVS 5 also includes new profile and heatmap plots for select profiler platforms, including ORCA buoys. Additionally, the NVS Salish Cruises app now provides downloadable cruise data from 1998 to 2016 in the Salish Sea.

17 Oct 2016

2015 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview

A comprehensive look at Puget Sound marine conditions for the year 2015 is now available. Physical, chemical, and biological information ranging from large-scale climate variations to local biota monitoring are summarized to provide a thorough overview of Puget Sound conditions for 2015. The report includes many contributions from NANOOS. This report is published by Puget Sound Partnership and NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center as part of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program.

5 Oct 2016

New HAB Forecast System to be Developed for PNW

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are funding development of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast in the Pacific Northwest to support management of shellfisheries, clamming beaches, and human health. The experimental monitoring and forecasting system will launch in 2017, with forecast bulletins predicting bloom location and concentration several days in advance. This new development is a joint effort between NOAA, members of the Makah Tribe, the University of Washington, the University of Strathclyde, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and NANOOS.

30 Sep 2016

2nd Pacific Anomalies Workshop Report Released

The report summarizes knowledge synthesized regarding status and driving mechanisms of Pacific anomalies and their effects, as well as recommendations emerging from the workshop. The report addresses three topical areas: atmosphere-ocean interactions; open ocean-coastal interactions; and ecosystem responses. Included are specific recommendations on needs (observations, modeling, or studies) that limit our understanding or ability to forecast dynamics or impacts of the anomalous conditions. Two Pacific Anomalies Workshops have been held to discuss what is known regarding the atmospheric, oceanic, and biological aspects of the multi-year warm anomalies (aka the blob) as well as the 2015-16 El Niño. Presentations and videos from both workshops are on-line.

22 Sep 2016

New Real-Time HABs Website

The new Real-Time HABs website provides timely information on toxic harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest. View the latest harmful algal bloom measurements from the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), an underwater robot located on the NEMO mooring 13 miles off La Push, Washington. Real-time data on water conditions including currents, temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen are available. This NANOOS website is provided to help understand where toxic algae may be moving and the conditions that may influence toxic blooms. The ESP project and website are funded through IOOS Ocean Technology Transfer program.

20 Sep 2016

New GOA-ON Interactive Data Portal Launched

The new Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) data portal, built using NANOOS NVS technology, was launched at Secretary Kerry's "Our Ocean Conference" on 16 September 2016 by NOAA Administrator Dr. Sullivan. This user-interactive portal features global ocean acidification data, such as pH, pCO2, and aragonite saturation state, as well as asset inventory and metadata from world-wide GOA-ON partners (330 from 67 countries). The portal was made possible through the vision of GOA-ON and support from NOAA, IOOS, and the University of Washington.

16 Sep 2016

Tracking the "Blob" on NVS — Is it Back?

The NVS Climatology App provides comparisons of current and past water temperature and other variables from buoys and satellites, allowing you to track anomalous conditions such as warmer than typical waters. First referred to as the "Blob" during winter 2013-2014, a large expanse of unusually warm water in the Pacific is now considered a "marine heat wave". Conditions offshore appear to be getting warmer again, and with a circular footprint similar to its appearance back in December 2013.

16 Sep 2016

Dr. Sullivan Addresses NANOOS Annual Meeting

NANOOS was deeply honored to remotely host NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, while she was visiting NOAA PMEL, for a short address and Q&A at the annual NANOOS Governing Council meeting on 11 August. Around 30 attendees from diverse NANOOS member institutions in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia were present. The annual meeting reviews progress to date, future plans, and provides a forum for discussion and feedback.

15 Aug 2016

New Global Wave Product Based on CAWCR WaveWatch III Fields

NANOOS is pleased to announce that global, hindcast WaveWatch III monthly mean, climatology and anomaly wave fields for the period Jan 1979 - May 2016 are now available via the NVS Climatology app. These monthly views are derived from fields originally generated via the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), a collaboration between Australia's CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology.

15 Aug 2016

Will There Be a Hood Canal Fish Kill This Year?

Fish kills in Hood Canal occur when low oxygen (hypoxic) waters move up to the surface from depth, usually by seasonal southerly winds. Already we see strong hypoxic conditions in lower Hood Canal this summer. See the "Fish Kill Alert" from the UW ORCA buoy group, NANOOS partners, and follow the oxygen levels on NVS.

5 Aug 2016

Bloom Seen From Space!

A recent phytoplankton bloom in Hood Canal, Washington was seen from space! NASA's satellites recorded images of a rare bloom of coccolithophores occurring this summer in Hood Canal and Dabob Bay, Washington. Coccolithophores are phytoplankton with calcium carbonate plates that reflect light, showing up as a milky turquoise color. Washington Sea Grant, a NANOOS partner, observed the bloom from the beach.

5 Aug 2016

OOI Coastal Endurance Array Data Streams for OR and WA Coasts Now on NVS

NANOOS is pleased to announce that it is now serving National Science Foundation Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) data from the Pacific Northwest Coastal Endurance Array through our NANOOS Visualization System (NVS). Our data team has harvested these data streams from the publicly available OOI site, porting them into NVS so our users can see multiple sources of data in our coastal waters, including NSF OOI, NANOOS, NSF CMOP, NOAA NDBC, CDIP, and others. Kudos to the visionary leaders at NSF and NOAA who worked to assure this compatibility so we can better serve those wanting coastal data from Washington and Oregon waters.

21 Jul 2016

NANOOS Receives New Five Year Award

NANOOS was awarded the first of five years funding for continued operation from the U.S. IOOS office, including funding from NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program for activity in both Oregon and Washington.NANOOS will continue investment in observing infrastructure and computer modeling for the Pacific Northwest coastal ocean, estuaries, and shorelines. These diverse assets provide real-time information and integrated data products, allowing users to identify and forecast environmental conditions. These funds will improve the ability of our region to interact with the coastal ocean in a way that enables decisions to optimize human safety, economy, and a healthy environment.

22 Jun 2016

Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of High Frequency Radar

IOOS has released the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of High Frequency Radar Surface Current Data. This manual is the 9th in a series of guidance documents produced by IOOS to establish authoritative procedures for collecting high-quality data, the Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) Project.

22 Jun 2016

New HAB Monitoring in Real-Time!

The IOOS-supported "Environmental Sample Processor" was successfully deployed off La Push at our NEMO buoy and is relaying data on harmful algal bloom (HAB) species and domoic acid toxin concentration through the NVS portal. Kudos to the team from UW and NOAA, as well as our other academic, non-profit, industry, tribal, and state partners, in making this dream reality!

26 May 2016

NANOOS Participates in WRECIC

The Western Regional Environmental Conditions and Impacts Coordination project May 2016 webinar summarized coastal environmental conditions and impacts, including contributed slides from NANOOS.

26 May 2016

New Ocean Acidification Data Stream from Quadra Island, BC

A new data stream from a shore station on Quadra Island, BC is now available on NVS. This data stream from NANOOS member Hakai Institute, monitors ocean acidification conditions in near real-time using a "Burke-o-lator" sensor system located at the Hakai Institute's Field Station at Hyacinthe Bay.

4 May 2016

NANOOS Visualization System Improvements

The latest version of the NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) is now live! Check out usability improvements and the addition of three new data streams: surface currents collected via the Port Townsend / Coupeville WA State Ferry and surface water temperatures collected via the Victoria Clipper, both of these are contributed by NANOOS partner Washington Dept. of Ecology. A third data product is oceanographic glider sections off La Push from NANOOS partner University of Washington, collected during 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

4 May 2016

Pacific Anomalies Workshops

Two Pacific Anomalies Workshops have been held to discuss what is known regarding the atmospheric, oceanic, and biological aspects of the multi-year temperature anomaly known as the "Blob" as well as to note the 2015-16 El Niño. Presentations, agenda, and videos from both workshops are on-line.

16 Mar 2016

Take Steps to Prepare for a Tsunami

March 11 is the 5th anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami. A similar earthquake and tsunami would devastate our coast. KNOW if you are in a tsunami zone. PRACTICE your route to high ground. VIEW evacuation zones and evacuation routes at

10 Mar 2016

Tracking El Niño and the "Blob" On NVS

The NVS Climatology App provides comparisons of current and past water temperature from buoys and satellites, allowing you to track warmer than typical water, both from the large expanse of unusually warm water in the Pacific, known as the "Blob", and from the 2015-2016 El Niño. Can’t tell them apart? Hear what experts said at the second Pacific Anomalies Workshop (PAW2).

29 Feb 2016

New high-tech buoy key to monitoring health of Bellingham Bay

A new buoy about two miles out in Bellingham Bay is collecting streams of data around the clock that scientists and students will use to monitor the health of north Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

29 Feb 2016

Welcome Se'lhaem! New Bellingham Bay Buoy Deployed

A new buoy, Se'lhaem, was deployed in Bellingham Bay on February 11th. The Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, through its education partner University of Washington, deployed the buoy in partnership with Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University.

19 Feb 2016

NANOOS Participates in WRECIC

The Western Regional Environmental Conditions and Impacts Coordination project January 2016 webinar summarized coastal environmental conditions and impacts, including contributed slides from NANOOS and the CA OOSes.

18 Feb 2016

Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of the Pacific

Have we seen the end of the "Blob" in BC? Not so fast. The Hakai Institute’s two field stations in British Columbia have a front row seat to the dynamic changes going on in the oceans.

4 Feb 2016

Pacific Anomalies Workshop 2

The second Pacific Anomalies Workshop will be held on the University of Washington campus on 20-21 January. Please register now.

This workshop is sponsored by U.S. IOOS, NOAA OAR Ocean Climate Observation Program, NOAA Western Regional Team, Washington Sea Grant, and California Sea Grant.

19 Jan 2016

Northwest Winter Weather: El Niño, Coastal Effects, No More "Blob"

Researchers tracking what the season will deliver to the Pacific Northwest region.

19 Jan 2016

NANOOS Observer: January 2016

The NANOOS Observer newsletter provides updates from NANOOS, our members and partners.

11 Jan 2016

New NVS Overview Demonstration

NANOOS has created an overview video demonstration that walks users through various NVS features and applications, and introduces other NANOOS resources.

1 Jan 2016

King Tides Are Here!

King Tides, the highest tides of the year, happen every winter when the moon is closest to Earth. This winter's King Tides are Nov. 24-27, Dec. 23-26, and Jan. 13-15. Use NVS to see tides near you. Both OR and WA have photo projects inviting citizens to contribute King Tide images; to help visualize what sea level rise may look like in the coming decades.

15 Nov 2015

ORCA Tracks the "Blob"

A new video from UW's Applied Physics Lab shows how near real-time Oceanic Remote Chemical Analyzer buoy data, available on NVS, provided constant monitoring of evolving conditions and allowed scientists to warn of possible fish kill events in the oxygen-starved waters of Hood Canal well in advance.

12 Nov 2015

Art and Ocean Observing

An art exhibit featuring NANOOS assets is now open at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Local artist D.K. Pan filmed at sunset from NOS/CO-OPS Tsunami Capable Tide Stations along the West Coast to create his 39 minute video. According to Pan, "the project serves as a poetic document of place" that will bring awareness to vulnerable coastal communities.

29 Oct 2015

IPACOA Data Portal Demo

NANOOS Director gives an overview of the IOOS ocean acidification data portal "IPACOA" serving NOAA OAP, shellfish grower, and other data streams spanning U.S. Pacific basin waters.

6 Oct 2015

Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Dissolved Nutrients

IOOS has released the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Dissolved Nutrients Observations. This manual, which was co-edited by NANOOS' own Emilio Mayorga, is the 8th in a series of guidance documents produced by IOOS to establish authoritative procedures for collecting high-quality data, the Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) Project.

29 Sep 2015

NANOOS in "Seafood 101" Supplement in the Seattle Times

"Seafood 101" explores the science of seafood sustainability, the surrounding ecosystem, careers within the fishing industry, the value of eating wild-caught seafood and the role of NOAA in managing healthy fisheries. The potential impact of the warm water "Blob" on West Coast fisheries and tracking it via NANOOS' Climatology App are featured on page 4.

29 Sep 2015

Track the "Blob" on NVS

The large expanse of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean, the "Blob", persists off the coast of OR and WA and has invaded inland waters. The NVS Climatology App provides comparisons of current and past water temperature from buoys and satellites, allowing you to track the warmer than typical water.

28 Aug 2015

Will There Be a Hood Canal Fish Kill This Year?

Fish kills in Hood Canal occur when hypoxic waters are rapidly upwelled to the surface, usually by seasonal southerly wind storms. Abnormal weather and oceanic conditions have resulted in extreme hypoxia in Hood Canal this year. Fish kill risk depends on whether seasonal storms or complete flushing occur first. Find out more from the Advisory and follow the oxygen levels on NVS.

26 Aug 2015

NANOOS Serves WA Department of Health Shellfish Safety Data

WA Dept. of Health (WADOH) shellfish safety data is now on NVS. WADOH deploys sensors seasonally to monitor for high water temperatures that increase the risk of growth of Vibrio, a bacteria that sickens humans via contaminated shellfish. WADOH, tribes, and shellfish growers are reducing this risk by restricting shellfish harvest when environmental conditions favor Vibrio growth.

8 Jul 2015

New NVS Climatology App

To improve our understanding of ocean and atmosphere conditions offshore the Pacific Northwest, a suite of products are now available in the new NVS Climatology App. The new App shows climate (long-term average conditions) and anomalies (present-day departures from average), allowing users to visualize if current conditions are abnormal. Is a warm sea water "blob" present? Check out this cool app!

1 Jan 2015

IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal

The Pacific Regional Associations of U.S. IOOS are pleased to announce the release of the new IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification (IPACOA) data portal. This portal provides relevant ocean acidification data from throughout the IOOS Pacific regions of Alaska (AOOS), Washington and Oregon (NANOOS), Central and Northern California (CeNCOOS), Southern California (SCCOOS), and the Pacific Islands (PacIOOS).

1 Jan 2015

NANOOS Receives two IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Project Grants

To advance science and enable better decision making, the Ocean Technology Transition Project through U.S. IOOS and NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program has awarded two grants to NANOOS and our partners to support forecasting of harmful algal blooms (HABs) off the Pacific Northwest coast and to improve ocean acidification (OA) observing capability along the US west coast.

23 Oct 2014

NANOOS To Aid Harmful Algal Bloom Assessment

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are a concern in the Pacific Northwest. This year an exceptionally large West Coast bloom has closed regional razor clam and crab fisheries. New event response funding from NOAA will enable NANOOS and partners to provide improved forecasts and data to resource managers, shellfish growers, and researchers for managing HAB response.

21 Apr 2014

Ocean Acidification in the Pacific Northwest

The marine waters of the Pacific Northwest are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification. NANOOS, with its partners, is collecting and making available ocean acidification related water quality data from sensitive areas along the coast and within Puget Sound.

21 Apr 2014

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness

A 6.9 earthquake hit about 50 miles west of the Northern California coast on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Use the NVS Tsunami Evacuation App to view earthquake event details and U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center warnings as well as inundation maps and evacuation routes in tsunami hazard zones.

13 Mar 2014

Data Exploration & Visualization

NVS (NANOOS Visualization System] is a web app that provides easy access to data and visualizations. NVS provides a wide range of data and visualizations for observations and forecasts in a consistent format.

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