- Water Quality
- Coastal Hazards
- Ocean Conditions
- Marine Ecosystems
- Data Management
PacIOOS is one of eleven regional observing programs in the U.S. that are supporting the emergence of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).
The PacIOOS region includes the U.S. Pacific Region (Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Pacific nations in Free Association with the U.S. (Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau), and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands (Howland, Baker, Johnston, Jarvis, Kingman, Palmyra, Midway, Wake).
Development of PacIOOS is guided through a collaborative governance framework and the program is administered and executed by the University of Hawai‘i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). With major funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), SOEST, and the State of Hawai‘i, PacIOOS works to develop the observational, modeling, data management, and outreach components of an end-to-end ocean observing system to generate products that help to ensure a safe, clean, and productive ocean and a resilient coastal zone for the U.S. Pacific Islands.
Coastal ocean observing system development within the PacIOOS region was initiated in 2007 with a cooperative agreement between SOEST and NOAA to establish a pilot observing system in Hawai‘i known as the Hawai‘i Ocean Observing System (HiOOS). Given the prohibitive cost associated with developing an observing system over an area four times larger than the continental U.S., the Hawai‘i pilot project was designed as a demonstration project within the larger PacIOOS region that could be jump-started by leveraging substantial SOEST capacity and partner assets and funding. Its development as part of the national IOOS network of regional coastal ocean observing systems was undertaken with the intent to expand to the other archipelagos in the PacIOOS region following the initial demonstration phase of transferring technology, expertise and best practices.
Development of this observational, modeling, data management, and outreach capability within a limited geographic area generated the foundation from which PacIOOS continues to grow. Over recent years, observing system assets have been deployed beyond the initial pilot project area and now are represented in each PacIOOS jurisdiction.
Please consider acknowledging PacIOOS in any distribution or publication of data as follows: Data provided by PacIOOS (www.pacioos.org), which is a part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), funded in part by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Award #NA11NOS0120039.