Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)

Updated 2012-07-25

To develop a coastal and ocean observing system in the Alaska region that meets the needs of multiple stakeholders by (1) serving as a regional data center providing data integration and coordination; (2) identifying stakeholder and user priorities for ocean and coastal information; (4) working with federal, state and academic partners to fill those gaps, including by AOOS where appropriate. Main gaps: AOOS and the data center are statewide activities, but thus far, available funding has limited observations and models primarily the Gulf of Alaska.

Time frame

Project time span
2004 -
Data collection
2004 -
Data processing
2004 -
Data reporting
2004 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Molly McCammon, Executive Director

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Sea state, wind, waves, currents, circulation, temperature, salinity, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

AOOS plays a large role in coordinating multiple agency/entity activities. Networks: Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) (GOOS)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

Statewide Alaska community

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