June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
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Ocean and Marine
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NANOOS-Pilot: a collection of ocean observing tools for improving ocean safety and coastal design
The NANOOS-Pilot project (Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems) is an ongoing effort to develop coastal ocean observing assets for the integrated observation of the estuaries and shorelines of the Pacific Northwest. The project is actively building nowcast and predictive capabilities for this environment, as well as interactive access to archival data, real-time data, and selected forecasts. In addition to the potential benefits accrued to the many sectors that depend upon the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest, there are a number of education opportunities related to ocean observatories involving undergraduate and graduate institutions, K-12 schools and adult literacy programs. In this work, we describe some ocean technology applications of the NANOOS-Pilot and focus on the educational use of the system in a senior-level Civil Engineering course on Coastal Infrastructure.
The development of NANOOS will benefit many sectors that depend upon the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest, including marine shipping; transport/spill remediation; search and rescue; fisheries and aquaculture; marine recreation; coastal county planners; natural resource managers; homeland security; and research and education institutions. These stakeholders will have access to the information and real-time environmental data we generate through a number of mechanisms, such as web and ftp sites, newsletters, and public presentations.
There are enormous education opportunities related to ocean observatories involving undergraduate and graduate institutions, K-12 schools and adult literacy programs. These institutions are important users of data and knowledge generated within the NANOOS-Pilot project. For example, real-time regionally specific oceanographic data can be used for interactive educational exhibits at museums, and science centers and these efforts will contribute to building a constituency of educated citizenry. In addition, the development of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System will bring benefits to coastal engineering practice, because it will be a tremendous source of site-specific environmental data for use in coastal design projects.
Finally, within the NANOOS-Pilot project we are developing unique remote sensing capabilities for coastal ocean observing based on X-band marine radar technology. Remote sensing technology offers the ability to sample large areas synoptically and non-intrusively and shore-based remote sensors offer much longer dwell times, while avoiding the problems of deploying in-situ instruments in difficult and sometimes hazardous sampling environments. Furthermore, shore-based systems are inherently more mobile and easily deployable than offshore buoys. We will describe our initial application of this technology at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
Summary of Ocean Observing Components
The leading partners in the NANOOS-Pilot project are:
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Haller, M., & Baptista, A. (2006, June), Nanoos Pilot: A Collection Of Ocean Observing Tools For Improving Ocean Safety And Coastal Design Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1311
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