Updated Turbidity Plume Forecast


Updated Turbidity Plume Forecast

A revised version of the PacIOOS Turbidity Plume Forecast for the Ala Wai Canal, Oʻahu, is now live. The updated visualization features interactive controls to play, replay, and forward to different timeframes, and to loop the animation in different speeds. The Turbidity Plume Model simulates the possibility of a plume developing at the Ala Wai Canal for the upcoming two days, and also includes a hindcast for the previous three days. Turbidity (water clarity) is impacted by various factors, including rainfall, waves, wind, and tidal movement. Very high turbidity levels are normally caused by large amounts of storm water runoff that can severely impact the nearshore water quality.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.