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Ecosystem Assessment

Ecosystem Assessment is identified as a high priority for NANOOS by our users and stakeholders. As such, NANOOS is dedicated to contributing information that contributes to understanding, monitoring, and managing such ecosystem topics as coastal and estuarine water quality, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), coastal and estuarine hypoxia, ocean acidification, and characterizing the physical, chemical, and biological properties of our waters.

Currently, NANOOS provides time-series and real-time observations and data products used by resource managers, environmental quality and ecology agencies, and local resource divisions to evaluate and in some cases forecast these priority ecosystem issues. NANOOS is also presently engaged with the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) community in Oregon and Washington to provide data products that will support decision-making efforts in the region.

Areas of Emphasis

Related Topics

Ocean Acidification

Harmful Algal Blooms

Coastal and Estuarine Hypoxia

Water Quality for Shellfish Growers

Marine Debris

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Related NANOOS Products

CRITFC Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction Program (CMOP)

Near real-time data, forecasts, and climatological maps of physical and biogeochemical parameters in the Columbia River estuary, near plume, and coastal margins of Oregon and Washington.

High-Frequency (HF) Radar Surface Currents

Observations of daily averaged ocean surface current speed and direction for the Oregon coast.

NANOOS Visualization System (NVS)

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) provides easy access to forecast and observation data across a wide range of assets such as buoys, shore and land stations, high-frequency radar, and satellites.

OSU Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) Surface Fields

Forecast map of water temperature and surface currents for the Oregon and SW Washington Coast.

Puget Sound Networked Profiling Buoy

Data from a profiling buoy located at Point Wells (north of Seattle). The sensor package measures a depth profile of oceanographic variables every hour from the sea surface to the sea bed.

Puget Sound ORCA

Oceanic Remote Chemical Analyzer (ORCA) measures physical, chemical, and biological water characteristics in Hood Canal.

Salish Cruise Data

Over ten years of processed PRISM cruise data starting in December 1998 to most recently processed from numerous Puget Sound locations. Data types include fluorescence, salinity, density, water temperature, transmissivity, and oxygen.

Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers

Real-time Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers. A pilot project between NANOOS and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

NANOOS members involved in this effort include:

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