Updated Map of Ocean Observing Buoys and Stations

August 16, 2017

Now available in the Northeast Ocean Data Explorer is a newly updated map of ocean observing buoys and monitoring stations. The buoys and stations collect data on oceanographic and meteorological phenomena such as current speeds, wind speeds, and temperature through a network coordinated by the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). The data are publicly accessible in near real time from NERACOOS.org and other websites, as well as from Text-a-Buoy and Dial-a-Buoy.

The Data Explorer map shows locations of buoys and stations, and provides links where data can be accessed. Changes to the updated map layer include:

  • Removal and addition of buoys as necessary
  • Updated cartography to show active and inactive buoys
  • Additional information about the buoy or station, including URL for accessing data

NERACOOS is a component of the national Integrated Ocean Observing Sysem (IOOS), and its mission is to produce, integrate, and communicate high-quality information that helps ensure safety, economic and environmental resilience, and sustainable use of the coastal ocean. In addition to data on the latest conditions, NERACOOS provides forecasts, climatologies, and other data products. 

The Data Explorer screenshot below shows the updated ocean observing buoys and stations layer. Click on the map to see a larger screenshot. Click on the blue button to open an interactive version of this map in the Data Explorer.

To get information about a particular buoy or station, click on the Identify button in the upper right area of the map. Then click on the buoy symbol on the map. The information will appear in the box on the left side of the map.

To access the map directly in the Data Explorer, click on Physical Oceanography in the table of contents on the left side and then select Ocean Observing Buoys and Stations.

Northeast Ocean Data provides data and maps for the Northeast Ocean Plan.