GCOOS is the only certified observing system whose sole focus is on the Gulf of Mexico

Timely data about the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries from monitored observing stations throughout the region. For use by decision-makers, researchers, government managers, industry, the military, educators, emergency responders and the public.

Working with hundreds of stakeholder communities and learning their needs has helped us to develop products useful for everything from ocean navigation and hurricane trajectories to monitoring coastal areas for harmful algal blooms and tracking the movements of invasive species.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide on-demand information about the Gulf’s coastal and open ocean waters that is accurate, reliable and benefits people, ecosystems and the economy.

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Resources for
Ocean Communities

Our two main committees are focused on reaching out to stakeholder communities throughout the Gulf — the Outreach & Education Council — and developing the tools they need — the Products & Services Advisory Council. Learn more about the resources available to you.

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We need your input!

The GCOOS build-out plan is the roadmap that will help us arrive at our destination. We’re updating the plan and want to know: What data and observing products do you think the Gulf needs? Please take our survey before Sept. 30 to tell us what you think!

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