Tuesday, 11 February 2003: 3:55 PM
An ArcIMS-based web portal to real-time observations and forecasts for estuaries and the coastal ocean
An estuary, as well as the people who live within its watershed, is affected daily by changes in weather, ocean, and river conditions. The physical changes within many estuaries are monitored in real-time by NOAA and other federal, state, and educational observing networks, and are forecast by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and National Ocean Service (NOS). A spatially-referenced Web portal called nowCOAST has been developed at NOS’ Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL) to provide oceanographic modelers and the coastal community with the capability to view all real-time observations and forecasts which are available on the web for major U.S. estuaries and also seaports, adjacent coastal regions, and the Great Lakes. This information includes meteorological, oceanographic, river, and water quality data, forecast guidance from NWS and NOS models, and also marine and weather forecasts. Such data and forecasts are needed for coastal activities such as coastal monitoring and prediction, and hazard and ecosystem assessment.