WEBCOAST, Center for Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, Univ. of New Hampshire
Data Center Description
The Coastal Observing Center was established in 2002 as part of NOAA?s Coastal Observation Technology System (COTS). It is now one of sixteen COTS projects. The UNH Center is working to develop and implement an observing system for monitoring the Western Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Our goal is to implement an end-to-end system with the capability to detect, model, and ultimately forecast changes in the ecosystem.
This Center is developing new and efficient methods to acquire, manage and distribute data. Data are analyzed and synthesized to generate new information, and information products are being designed to meet the needs of stakeholders.
The Coastal Observing Center draws upon the talents of UNH scientists with expertise related to coastal observing and analysis. GoMOOS had established an array of 10 buoys in 2001 that provided real-time observations of the physical environment (currents, temperature, winds). While such measurements are essential to an ecosystem-monitoring program, there was a need to develop new methodologies, models and analyses that pertain directly to the ecosystem.