An Update to CoastWatch—NOAA's New Capability for the Coastal Ocean

by Marcia L. Weaks, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Peter J. Celone, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Walton B. Campbell, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Kevin McCarthy, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) CoastWatch project was initiated in August 1988 in response to a red tide event off the North Carolina coast. CoastWatch is a system of delivering near real-time environmental information to federal and state decisionmakers responsible for managing coastal resources. Mapped satellite imagery, satellite-based sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean feature analyses, meteorological model-based information, and in situ data are now routinely delivered in near real-time to regional NOAA facilities along the U.S. coast and the Great Lakes through a wide-area communications system. In 1991, CoastWatch services will expand to NOAA facilities on the west coast and Gulf of Mexico. Enhancements are planned for the PC software, the product suite, the on-line and retrospective product databases.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Coastal environment | Federal government | Information management | Meteorology | Data processing | Aerial photography | Tides | Great Lakes | Gulf of Mexico | North Carolina

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