Data collection by the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) will be funded over the next five years through a cooperative agreement with NOAA’s U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, which includes a first- year grant award of $4,176,512.
The grant is one of 11 regional association cooperative agreements, with $41 in grants, approved by the federal agency that was announced in mid-September to support continued growth, expansion and modernization of the nation’s climate, coastal, ocean and Great Lakes observing capabilities.
AOOS will continue working on its state-of-the-art Ocean Data Explorer portal as the federally certified Alaska Regional Data Assembly Center, enhancing the utility of observation data through development of new products and models, and spearheading development of data products and decision support tools using real-time data.
The AOOS data collection includes research information on marine debris, invasive species, ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms issues in Alaska, plus support of sea ice detection, ecosystem observing buoys and gliders throughout the state.
AOOS also works to bring together stakeholders through networks like the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Observing Network and the Bering Sea Science Reports.
Other beneficiaries of the fiscal year 2021 regional association cooperative agreements include the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System and the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.