NortheastOceanData.org is an information resource and decision support tool for ocean planning from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. The website provides user-friendly access to maps, data, tools, and information needed for regional ocean planning. It is used by a broad range of government entities, non-government organizations, and ocean stakeholders.
The Need: Easy Access to Ocean Data
The U.S. National Ocean Policy calls for regional-scale ocean planning supported by a robust data management system containing coastal and marine scientific data and products. Ocean use planning is a collaborative process that depends on access to a wide range of data on environmental, socioeconomic, and regulatory parameters. The data have been scattered among different sources and difficult to access.
The Solution: NortheastOceanData.org
NortheastOceanData.org brings together key types of data on ocean uses and the environment. Data priorities and products are developed in close association with regional planning efforts of the Northeast Regional Planning Body and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. To serve users with diverse needs and technical expertise, Northeast Ocean Data offers multiple ways to view and explore the data.
A Collaborative Venture
Northeast Ocean Data is developed and maintained by a Working Group of organizations interested in creating a collective environment for sharing data, ideas, tools, and information. The initiative benefits from broad participation and from significant investments by Working Group members. The Northeast Ocean Data Working Group includes:
- Applied Science Associates (ASA)
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI)
- The Nature Conservancy
- NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA OCM)
- Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
- Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)
- Waterview Consulting
We encourage participation by additional organizations.
Support for Regional Ocean Planning
Since the launch of the Northeast Ocean Data website in June 2011, the Working Group has focused on data priorities associated with ocean planning activities of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC). The Working Group integrates key datasets and develops functionality to access, visualize, and analyze data to support NROC initiatives. The Northeast Regional Planning Body website provides information about the ocean planning initiative, including how maps and data from Northeast Ocean Data support the process.
We work actively with many data providers, stakeholders, and organizations in the region, and we coordinate with related ocean data efforts in the mid-Atlantic region and at the federal level. We encourage organizations and stakeholder groups interested in the advancement of ocean planning, and its related products and policies, to take part in the Northeast Ocean Data initiative. For more information, please contact a member of the Working Group’s steering committee: Nick Napoli or John Weber (NROC), Andy Lipsky (SeaPlan), Jenn Greene (The Nature Conservancy), Ru Morrison (NERACOOS), Daniel Martin (NOAA OCM), and Kelly Knee (ASA).
For information about Northeast Ocean Data’s technical approach and system, please see the technical overview.