Last updated: 26 August 2014

Priorities for enhancements/additions to regional systems

These priorities are predicated on the assumption that the priority enhancements to the national backbone will be forthcoming. A high priority is a set aside of regional funds for education and outreach. High priority outreach areas are the identification of system users and capacity building between Gulf states (U.S. and Mexican) for harmful algal bloom measurements.

  1. Enhance and expand the real-time networks of COMPS, LUMCON, TABS, TCOON, WAVCIS, and other extant observing system elements. [COMPS costs will be budgeted via SERA-COOS.] This will include:
    • Expand LUMCON observing system by one offshore station per year beginning in 2007.
    • Strengthen TCOON platforms against hurricanes.
    • Upgrade TCOON with improved data communication capability to reduce data delay.
    • Place new sensors on COMPS, TABS, LUMCON, and other elements serving data in real-time via MODEM Kit to OPENDAP server.
    • Expand COMPS buoy and HF radar sites, expand types of measurements, and provide adequate auxiliary supplies.
    • Enhance and expand TABS to improve near shore coverage in southwest region and include meteorological packages on all platforms.
    • Expand CenGOOS to improve coverage in the region off eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
  2. Technology development for ecological monitoring, particularly for use in HABSOS, and hypoxia study.
    Moored sites will be used to test and evaluate new technology, and proven instrumentation will be added. This will be carried out at sites of TABS, COMPS (budgeted as part of SERA-COOS) and perhaps other elements.
  3. Project to develop and improve products and services
    • This must be joint public-private venture from the beginning. Some new products may be envisioned as being produced and sold by the private sector. Other new products may be envisioned to be produced for the common good, and those might be handed off to NOAA’s Coastal Services Center for routine production and distribution.
  4. Ground support for non-real-time activities, including:
    • Evaluation of developing technology
    • Calibration/validation of satellite remotely sensed measures
  5. Expansion of surface current measurement near coasts and in estuaries using short-range HF radar systems.
  6. Pilot project demonstrating the use of fiber optic cable for data retrieval and instrument control in the IOOS.
  7. Pilot project to retrieve deep current data being collected by oil industry and MMS and to begin selected use of these data
    • Systematic monitoring of deep currents
    • Model improvements
  8. Monitoring of effects of river input (e.g., the Mississippi River) on the region.
    This is of very high priority, but design will require time and effort. Sought is the ability to track outflow, spreading, stratification, and effects of river water and constituents. This likely will include:
    • Major densification of present levels of measurements, both spatially and temporally.
    • A concerted modeling effort
    • Coordinated data integration
    • Development of products and reporting
  9. Hydrographic science projects to support the IOOS goals. This includes GPS buoys for offshore water level monitoring, surveys to provide high resolution bathymetry and topography across the land-sea interface between 30 m above and 30 m below the mean low water level, and sediment and bottom habitat characterizations.