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 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.
In the long-term, changes to our environment will affect the frequency and intensity of storms and their impacts on low-lying Gulf of Mexico communities. These changes may alter how ecosystems function, force changes in shipping routes and even the availability of ports. Detecting environmental change over time and space is key to weathering the impacts these changes cause.
Human Health & Safety
A key GCOOS priority is developing the tools and information needed to empower people, communities and businesses to improve decision-making about our lives as we work, live and play along the Gulf Coast. Toxic algae, oil spills, severe weather, dangerous ocean patterns and more are threats to human health and safety that GCOOS data, products and projects are developed to mitigate.
14 million people live, work and play along the Gulf of Mexico coast — a region particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, sea level rise and land subsidence. And, with 25,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines and more than 4,000 oil and gas platforms, the Gulf is also vulnerable to contaminant spills. Our data helps to support resilient communities and information needed to track contamination.
Marine operations covers everything from recreational boating, fishing and diving to search & rescue, commercial fishing and marine shipping and transportation. We convert real-time ocean observations and models into information that users can easily access and utilize.
Healthy Ecosystems & Living Resources
Resilient coastal communities and our own human well-being depend on healthy ecosystems and living resources. We gather ocean and coastal data that allow for ecosystem assessment and support data portals needed for management decisions.