Ocean Technology Transition Project Funding


Ocean Technology Transition Project Funding

The University of California Santa Cruz along with the University of Hawaiʻi and Rutgers University are collaborating with CeNCOOS, MARACOOS, and PacIOOS on a 3-year project to advance the Regional Ocean Modeling System’s (ROMS) observation diagnostic tool. Funded by IOOS’ Ocean Technology Transition (OTT) Project, this tool will help assess the impacts of IOOS’ observational data on ocean forecasting models. Ocean observations, including satellite measurements and in-situ data collection, serve as validating points to establish and refine ocean forecasts. With the ability to analyze the efficiency of such observations, IOOS will be able to enhance its investment prioritization and overall operational efficiency. PacIOOS co-investigator Brian Powell will develop the use of real-time radial data from high frequency radio, and develop metrics to assess the observation’s impact on the forecasting skill. For PacIOOS, the tool will be applied to the Hawaiʻi, Guam, and American Samoa regions.

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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.