IOOS Services

Data Management and Communications
Data management is key to the success of IOOS.  The goal of the IOOS data strategy is to ensure that users have seamless access to quality and timely data, in a format they can access and understand.   IOOS data management uses state-of-the are IT techniques to integrate data from multiple federal and non-federal sources and to make the data available in real time.  


Product Development
The IOOS Regional Associations engage with various user communities to understand their information needs – how they use the data, how often, in what format and for what purposes - in order to transform raw data into useful information.  Websites are the primary way users access the information they need but at user requests, data is also made available through smart phone apps and on marine radio reports.  Example products include: real-time information on sea state conditions for mariners; early warning for flooding or harmful algae blooms; water quality information for shellfish growers, marine weather trackers and more. 


Statistical and numerical models are powerful tools that can forecast ocean and Great Lake conditions.  IOOS observation data is incorporated into computer models that simulate the coastal environment. Models can be used to forecast circulation patterns, flooding, the movement of harmful algae, fish larvae or pollutants through the ecosystem and more.