ABOUT THE NORTHEAST OCEAN DATA PORTAL

Public Source of Expert-Reviewed Data and Maps

Established in 2009, the Northeast Ocean Data Portal provides free, user-friendly access to expert-reviewed interactive maps and data on the ocean ecosystem, economy, and culture of the northeastern United States. The Portal’s maps show the richness and diversity of the ecosystem and illustrate the many ways that humans and environmental resources interact. Portal users can view maps and data by theme, by creating custom maps in the Data Explorer, and by downloading data for use in other applications.

Decision Support Tool for Northeastern U.S.

The Portal facilitates decision making by government agencies, businesses, non-government organizations (NGOs), academic entities, and individuals. Case Studies provide examples of how people use the Portal to inform fisheries management, maritime safety, aquaculture siting, offshore wind development, ocean planning, and other processes. From 2012 to 2016, federal and state agencies used the Portal for development of the Northeast Ocean Plan.

Made Possible by Many Data Providers and Collaborators

The Portal was developed and is maintained by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), but many organizations contribute. Data providers include state and federal agencies, scientists, ocean industries, non-government organizations, and other entities. All of these groups, plus a variety of stakeholders, review Portal data and advise on data presentation and visualization. A core team, the Northeast Ocean Data Working Group, maintains and updates the Portal’s databases, maps, and website. The Northeast Ocean Data Working Group includes the Northeast Regional Ocean CouncilNOAA Office for Coastal ManagementNortheastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), RPSThe Nature Conservancy, and Waterview Consulting.

Video: Portal Overview

Contact Us

Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion about the Portal? Please email Nick Napoli at [email protected].

To use Northeast Ocean Data Portal maps or data in your work, please cite:

NROC (Northeast Regional Ocean Council). 2009. Northeast Ocean Data Portal, www.northeastoceandata.org. Date accessed: MM/DD/YYYY.

This site is maintained by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) as a resource for geospatial data products for New England’s ocean.

Looking for Real-time Ocean Data in New England?

Our partner NERACOOS (Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems) is the source for real-time oceanographic data in the Northeast region. The Northeast Ocean Data Portal hosts several map layers developed from NERACOOS data, such as sea surface temperature, that summarize real-time observations for planning and management purposes.

This site is maintained by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) as a resource for geospatial data products for New England’s ocean.

Looking for Real-time Ocean Data in New England?

Our partner NERACOOS (Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems) is the source for real-time oceanographic data in the Northeast region. The Northeast Ocean Data Portal hosts several map layers developed from NERACOOS data, such as sea surface temperature, that summarize real-time observations for planning and management purposes.