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Alaska Ocean Observing System(AOOS)A Regional Observing System within the Integrated Ocean Observing System

Molly McCammon, Executive Director

1007 W. Third Ave., Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99501


ioos national goals
IOOS (National) Goals
  • Improve prediction of climate change impacts
  • Improve safety & efficiency of marine operations
  • More effectively protect & restore healthy coastal ecosystems
  • Sustain marine resources
  • Mitigate effects of natural hazards
  • Reduce public health risks
  • Improve national security

(adapted from: An Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing System, Ocean.US 2002)

what will ioos look like
What will IOOS look like?
  • Global component

(international collaboration and U.S. support)

  • U.S. coastal component

- National “backbone” system: existing federal assets (federal support)

- Set of nested Regional Observing Systems, tailored to local user needs

(federal, state, local, private support)

global component of the ioos integrate remote in situ sensing an international collaboration
Global Component of the IOOSIntegrate Remote & In Situ SensingAn International Collaboration

Plan for the initial system

~ 50% implemented


Bottom up:

Regional Associations forming across the U.S.

alaska ocean observing system aoos
Alaska Ocean Observing System(AOOS)


Bering Sea/


Gulf of Alaska

aoos partnership of industry government non profits and academia not a complete listing
AOOS: Partnership of Industry, Government, Non-Profits and Academia(not a complete listing)
  • Industry/Stakeholders

Fishing companies Recreation

Fishermen Aquaculture/mariculture

Shipping – marine navigation Tourism

Oil services Value-added research

Subsistence users

  • Government

State: fisheries, water quality, seafood, coastal managers

Federal: resource managers, researchers, search & rescue, oil spill response

Local: coastal cities, boroughs and ports

Tribal: Alaska Native communities

  • Research Institutes & Non-Profits

Arctic Research Commission

North Pacific Research Board

Prince William Sound Science Center/OSRI

Barrow Arctic Science Consortium

Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska Native Science Commission

  • Academia

University of Alaska


  • Secure interim and long-term funding
    • $2M in year 1, with similar amounts in years 2 and 3
    • Move toward multiple regions to increase funding - $6m goal in 2006
  • Identify stakeholders – coastal residents, managers, industry, researchers – and stakeholder needs
  • Develop organizational structure, DMAC, education & outreach: partnership among federal and state agencies, private sector, users, academia
  • Develop systems
    • Pilot project in Prince William Sound

-- Expand observing capacity throughout Alaska

stakeholder needs
Stakeholder needs

Search and rescue, oil spill response, safe navigation

  • Currents and winds in real-time, accurate tide info
  • Trajectory modeling

Coastal erosion

  • Wave height & direction and storm surge modeling
  • Landfast and sea ice conditions

Seasonal and long-term forecasts

  • Ocean conditions
  • Sea ice
  • Heat indices
  • Improved weather forecasts
  • Harmful algal blooms

Observational data and models

  • Ocean circulation, currents, frontal locations
  • Winds, air temperature, precipitation
  • Fisheries; ecosystem approach to management
aoos vision statewide strategy
AOOS VISION: Statewide Strategy
  • Identify gaps in national backbone to meet larger, more statewide and national needs
  • Develop strategy to fill in gaps – influence federal agency budgets
  • Integrate obs that cross agency missions & disciplines
statewide priorities
Statewide Priorities
  • Remote sensing products w/high resolution
  • Data management & communications systems w/real-time accessible data
  • Information products such as ocean circulation models, nearshore forecasts for all regions
  • Comprehensive mapping & charting
  • Infrastructure & equipment– buoy center; hf radar group; ice thickness sensor; salinity mapper; ship time
  • Support for state & federal programs - facilitation
aoos vision arctic
  • Users

- offshore oil & gas

- shipping/navigation

- subsistence hunting

- resource managers

- Native communities/planners

- climate change researchers

  • Information products

- sea ice & fog forecasts

- real time sea ice movement

- ocean circulation patterns

- climate change indicators

- improved weather forecasts

- coastal erosion prediction

arctic priorities
Arctic Priorities
  • Sea ice monitoring
  • Coastal erosion
  • Barrow cabled observatory
  • HF radar – nearshore monitoring
  • Marine mammals
  • Collaboration with other efforts - circumpolar
aoos vision bering sea aleutians
AOOS VISION: Bering Sea/Aleutians
  • Users

- commercial fishing

- subsistence; communities

- climate change research

- safe navigation: search & rescue & oil spill response

- resource managers

  • Information products

- sea ice & vessel icing forecasts

- coastal erosion predictions

- fisheries/ecosystem productivity – climate change

- wind and wave forecasts

bering sea aleutian priorities
Bering Sea/Aleutian Priorities:
  • Increase National Backbone assets: NDBC buoys, C-Man stations, CRN sites, tide & river gauges.
  • Moorings to monitor water in, out & thruout
  • Coastal erosion monitoring
  • Expand fisheries surveys, increase oceanic parameters measured
  • Better bathymetry; charts
  • Long-range HF radar surface current mappers at pulse pts in circulations & major fishing grounds
  • Long-term: cable-linked observatories on Pribilofs & Little Diomede Island
aoos vision gulf of alaska
AOOS VISION: Gulf of Alaska
  • Users

- navigation services

- commercial fishing

- recreational boaters

- oil & gas development

- search & rescue

- tourism

- managers

- aquaculture/mariculture

  • Information products

- marine sea state & icing conditions

- ocean circulation patterns

- coastal erosion predictions

- nowcast/forecasts forsearch & rescue & oil spill response

- fisheries/ecosystem productivity

- HAB forecasts

gulf of alaska priorities
Gulf of Alaska Priorities:
  • National Backbone: Increase # of ocean moorings, tide & stream gauges – enhance w/ other sensors: water quality, sediment; better bathymetry maps & charts
  • Circulation obs: more buoys & long & short range HF radar surface current mappers; freshwater input into Alaska Coastal Current
  • Enhance existing estuarine & coastal monitoring
  • Add biological component to physical monitoring
  • Develop HAB forecast ability
  • Enhance ship of opportunity programs
  • PWS observing system: use as pilot project
  • Develop new capacity in Kodiak & SE
  • Integrate & enhance Cook Inlet observations

PWS Demonstration of an“End to End” System




Sea Surface Conditions


Water Quality



PWS Weather

Data Assimilation

Field Validation


Real time data




3D Model

3D Model

Retrieval &

Retrieval &







PWS Waves







Server (GIS)

Server (POET)


Economic models

Fishery management



next steps
Next Steps
  • Work with national groups to get national authorizing legislation & national funding
  • Strengthen newly formed national federation of regional associations
  • Continue user outreach & needs assessment – identify information products
  • Develop implementation plans for 3 regions
  • Develop education & outreach plan
Alaska Ocean Observing System

1007 W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 100

Anchorage, Alaska