Supporting diverse Pacific NW marine data access needs via the NANOOS Visualization System

Supporting diverse Pacific NW marine data access needs via the NANOOS Visualization System
Troy Tanner (1,2)
Emilio Mayorga* (1,2)
Jan Newton (1,2)

The Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, NANOOS, is the Pacific Northwest Regional Association of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). For over 10 years, NANOOS has been making observation and model data available to a diverse set of stakeholders through a user-friendly data visualization tool called the NANOOS Visualization System (NVS). NVS is a web-based suite of thematic apps sharing a coherent user interface, common application components, and common capabilities for regional data processing, aggregation, subsetting and homogenization. We will discuss NVS capabilities, user experience, and NANOOS data services that support this suite of tailored NVS apps (including mobile apps) developed to serve the following NANOOS priority areas:

Climate: Climatology and anomaly products from regional buoys, satellite time series, and shoreline change statistics to improve understanding of climate variation and change.

Ecosystem assessment: Time-series and real-time observations and data products used to evaluate and forecast Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), hypoxia, ocean acidification and water quality.

Fisheries and biodiversity: Forecasts and data on the bio-physical environment enabling better-informed management decisions by fishers (from tuna fishers to shellfish growers) and regional managers.

Mitigation of coastal hazards: Observations and analysis of topographic beach profiles, shoreline change, near-shore bathymetry, sea level change and waves to improve planning and response to coastal hazards, assist with engineering design and enhance coastal resiliency.

Maritime operations: Water, wave and weather observations and forecasts to assist ship and boat operators with safe operations and planning.


(1) Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)

(2) Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA