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People and Projects Make a Difference in the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) recently wrapped up its spring meeting in New Orleans, which showcased news from the Gulf ocean observing community.
15-Apr-2019 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Gulf Observing System Unveils New Website, Logo

Gulf Coast communities now have a new way to access coastal and ocean information about the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a new website developed by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).
6-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New Experimental Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Will Help Public Know Their Risks When They Visit the Beach

Pinellas County residents and visitors who are susceptible to the respiratory impacts of Florida's red tide -- especially people with asthma and other chronic lung diseases -- now have a new tool that will help them know their risks before they...
3-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Data Approved: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Receives NOAA/IOOS Stamp of Approval

GCOOS announced that it has received official certification from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS®) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Certification means that GCOOS is meeting federal standards for...
26-Mar-2018 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Making Beach Visits Better

GCOOS and Mississippi State University have developed a short survey to query the public — especially residents in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Florida — about their beach visits and help make beach days more enjoyable.
23-Mar-2018 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Helping Communities Weather the Storms

GCOOS collects data from more than 2,000 ocean sensors that play a critical role in hurricane forecasting and ensures that the information is timely, reliable, accurate and -- above all -- available to those working to understand ocean systems and...
2-Oct-2017 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

New Funding for High Frequency Radar Sites at the Mouth of the Mississippi Will Help Make Gulf Safer

GCOOS has received $450,000 for two new High Frequency Radar (HFR) sites near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
22-Aug-2017 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Every Day Is World Oceans Day for U.S. Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Today, on June 8, ocean lovers worldwide are coming together to celebrate the world’s oceans and recognize the vital role these water bodies play in supporting life on Earth. But for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System— and its 11...
8-Jun-2017 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for developing a network of business leaders, marine scientists, resource managers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholder groups that combine their data to provide timely information about our oceans — similar to the information gathered by the National Weather Service to develop weather forecasts. Visit us online at

GCOOS, which includes members from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, seeks to establish a sustained observing system for the Gulf of Mexico to provide observations and products needed by users in this region for:
• Detecting and predicting climate variability and consequences,
• Preserving and restoring healthy marine ecosystems,
• Ensuring human health,
• Managing resources,
• Facilitating safe and efficient marine transportation,
• Enhancing national security, and
• Predicting and mitigating against coastal hazards.


Barbara Kirkpatrick
Executive Director

Nadine Slimak
Public Relations Consultant


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