A coastal observing system is a combination of many components— from hardware to humans — used to gather information and turn it into useful products that support human populations, coastal economies and a healthy, sustainable environment. In short, observing systems are our eyes on the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. They provide timely, actionable information developed from reliable and user-driven science to provide insight into present and future conditions. Regional coastal observing systems are designed to meet the unique needs of the regional environment and population.
The information collected aids in:
Safety: By enabling preparedness and emergency response
Economy: By supporting safe and efficient marine operations
Environment: By providing timely information on ocean conditions
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