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The Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) is one of the eleven Regional Associations of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), a national program designed to coordinate regional ocean observing systems designed to assist in the tracking, predicting, managing, and adapting to changes in our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environment.   

maracoos-page-preview.jpgThrough its Regional Associations, U.S. IOOS delivers the data and information needed, so that decision-makers can take action to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment.

As part of IOOS, the mission of MARACOOS is to seek, integrate, share, and apply new knowledge and understanding of our coastal ocean; this mission is accomplished through scientific expertise, operational monitoring, and data product delivery in support of the wise use and management of the Mid-Atlantic’s marine and coastal resources. The Mid-Atlantic region extends 1000 kms from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras. It comprises ten states (MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC) and the District of Columbia, five major urban ports and estuaries, and a wide continental shelf cut by multiple, deep shelf-break canyons.  The region supports one-quarter of the US population, one-quarter of US maritime commerce, and both commercial and recreational fisheries.  It also faces challenges from a century in industrialization, a growing coastal population, ongoing threats from tropical storms and nor’easters, and growing demands on the nation’s most congested electrical power grid. These regional challenges dictate the priorities of MARACOOS that include: (1) ensuring maritime safety and resilience through improved modeling for search and rescue and safe, efficient shipping, (2) protecting against coastal inundation through development of storm flood prediction models and enhanced hurricane forecasting capabilities through improved hurricane intensity models, (3) helping ensure public health and water quality through heightened pollution tracking, (4) supporting the fishermen’s ability to catch their full quota and avoid by-catch through more accurate fisheries modeling and stock assessment, and  (5) promoting offshore wind energy by supporting siting and efficient maintenance. 

MARACOOS is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation involving representatives from twenty-five universities, twenty-three state and federal government agencies, eighteen private sector partners, and twelve non-governmental organizations; MARACOOS was chartered under the provisions of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Statutes in the State of Delaware in 2005 and is operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes.  

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