About IOOS

Ocean and Coastal Projects


As part of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), PacIOOS is charged with making ocean and coastal data available in the Pacific Islands by serving as the “regional information coordination entity” for ocean and coastal data in the region. In order to meet this responsibility, PacIOOS has dedicated this section of the website to serve as a repository of ocean and coastal program and project data collected by researchers, NGOs, community groups, and partners throughout the Pacific.


In addition to advancing regional ocean knowledge through open information exchange, the PacIOOS Project Data Repository offers a number of benefits to project managers and principal investigators of ocean and coastal projects in the Pacific. This service may be used to help meet a critical piece of the federal grant requirement relating to a life-cycle data management plan, thereby eliminating the need to hire a web developer to develop a new web page to host project data. Indeed, PacIOOS has the capacity to store vast quantities of data in long-term archives at minimal cost. Furthermore, data housed within PacIOOS may be integrated into PacIOOS data viewers, allowing users to overlay project data with other data sets.

The potential benefits of housing ocean and coastal project data with the PacIOOS Project Data Repository include the following:

  • Meet a critical piece of the federal grant requirement relating to a life-cycle data management plan;
  • Storage of large data sets in long-term archives;
  • Easy access to view and/or download project data by a wide user audience;
  • Highlight various aspects of the project (see Ideas for Project Page Tabs below);
  • Render data searchable (coming soon);
  • Potential for direct link to data sets via the PacIOOS Voyager; and
  • Potential to visualize project data with other data sets in PacIOOS Voyager.

The Basics

  1. Project manager sends PacIOOS the following:
    1. Project data in a form that we can ingest*;
    2. Desired tabs for the project page; and
    3. All supplemental information to be displayed in an electronic format.
  2. PacIOOS will:
    1. Create a new Project Page for the project with tabs chosen by project manager;
    2. Store data on PacIOOS servers;
    3. Ingest and display data into appropriate data viewer(s); and
    4. When possible, PacIOOS will also:
      1. Ingest and display data into appropriate PacIOOS data viewer(s); and
      2. Provide links to data sets in data viewers, for data download, etc.

Ideas for Project Page Tabs

Project tabs are customizable to the needs of a particular project. Suggested ideas for tabs include the following:

  • Summary;
  • Geography;
  • Data;
  • Partners;
  • Results.

Contact Information

Please contact Fiona Langenberger, PacIOOS Communications and Program Coordinator, at fiona.langenberger@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-8784 for more information on this service, including our fee structure.

*Data PacIOOS can ingest include, but are not limited to the following (in no particular order): Excel, XML, KML, NetCDF, GeoTIFF, Shapefile, tiled imagery, CSV, TSV, JSON, RSS, MATLAB binary relational database, as well as any other machine-parseable format in plain text, HTML, or otherwise. For data formats that are not self-describing, PacIOOS requests documentation for all variables, units of measure, encoded values, and other salient features of the dataset. Metadata (formal or otherwise) describing who, what, where, when, and why of the project is encouraged. While image formats (PNG, JPG, GIF) and document files (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) are useful supplemental information, they do not constitute data per se. In these cases, PacIOOS requests the underlying format that was used to produce those presentation materials.
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.