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Maritime Operations

There are three areas of maritime operations that ocean observing efforts can support by providing relevant and timely ocean and weather data.

  1. Safe and efficient marine commercial shipping, fishing, ferry crossings, and recreational boating. Mariners need accurate observations and forecasts of ocean and weather conditions to assist with route planning to reduce shipping or fuel costs and improve safety while underway.
  2. Search and Rescue (SAR) and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) operations and missions. Emergency responders rely on real-time and forecasted surface and bottom ocean currents and winds, plus additional ocean conditions such as waves and swell to effectively respond to man-overboard or hazardous material spills.
  3. Renewable marine energy planning, including siting and operations related to wave energy. Entities involved with planning utilize synthesis products that provide regional-scale baseline environmental data and use a Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning process to identify areas where other maritime operation activities exist.

Areas of Emphasis

Related Topics

NVS Maritime Operations App

Observations and enhanced forecasts of nearshore waves and currents that are applicable to the maritime and fishing communities.

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Related NANOOS Products

Forecast Information and Data Products for Tuna Fishers

Information and data products oriented towards commercial and recreational albacore tuna fishing communities.

NOAA NOS/CO-OPS Tide Prediction

Tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Science (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS)/Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services (CO-OPS).

OSU Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) Surface Fields

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

WaveWatch III Wind and Wave Model

Forecasts for winds and waves in the North Pacific. Forecasts are updated every 6 hours starting at 13:00 PDT. Forecasts provided by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS)/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

High-Frequency (HF) Radar Surface Currents

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

X-band Wave Imaging Marine Radar

Real-time wave observations in Newport, OR to investigate wave breaking and wave/current interaction processes at the inlet to Yaquina Bay.

NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

Observations of air and water temperature, wind, barometric pressure, and waves.


Observations of water level, air and water temperature, barometric pressure, and winds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Science (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS)/Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services (CO-OPS).

NANOOS members involved in this effort include:

Regional Coastal Observing Systems



Central and Northern California

Great Lakes

Gulf of Mexico

Pacific Islands


Northeast Atlantic

Pacific Northwest

Southern California

Southeast Atlantic