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The CoastWatch ERDDAP will undergo maintenance on January 5, 2023.  Datasets may be unavailable through this service for up to 24 hours.  The ERDDAP is expected to resume normal operations on January 6, 2023.  Please use alternate access points (HTTPS,  THREDDS) for data during this time.

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The Ecosystem Indicator Working Group (EIWG) has released an update of the National Marine Ecosystem Status website, which provides easy access to NOAA’s wide range of important coastal and marine ecosystem data. The website provides a holistic view of important ecosystem data and has been newly expanded to the Great Lakes in 2022. New indicators such as the number of days an ecosystem experiences a marine heatwave and changes in the distribution of species have also been added.

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The call for abstracts and registration for the Third International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3) are open! OSOS-3 will be held June 12-16, 2023, in Busan South Korea. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to December 11, 2022. The registration deadline is May 12, 2023.

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The call for abstracts and registration for the Third International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3) are now open! OSOS-3 will be held June 12-16, 2023, in Busan South Korea. The abstract submission deadline is November 26, 2022, registration deadline is May 12, 2023. Abstract submission instructions, online registration, and additional information can be found on the meeting website.

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Update (Oct 31, 2022):  Services restored

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NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory hosting the CoastWatch Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Node is affected by a network outage.  As a result,  this CoastWatch Node is currently "offline." 

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NOAA-15 AVHRR scan motor has been having issues.  NOAA CoastWatch recommends using other spacecraft and ACSPO products (like the new daily L3S global 2km product) for your sea surface temperature needs.  Please connect with the helpdesk at coastwatch.info@noaa.gov if you are looking for additional guidance regarding your switch to alternative SST sources.

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The Executive Steering Committee is pleased to invite community members from all levels of the value chain, from data providers to users of operational satellite oceanographic data, products and applications, to attend the third international Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3). This Symposium will be held in-person with limited online viewing access (not fully hybrid). We will feature research in Asia and the Pacific, and high latitude.

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Node Managers Dr. Goni and Dr. Trinanes are participating in the USVI/Sargassum Emergency FEMA Workshop in St. Croix
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The SNPP spacecraft entered a non-nominal state at ~16:24:49 UTC on July 26, 2022, after which all SMD and telemetry data was inaccessible. While the root cause continues to be investigated, subsequent contacts have confirmed the spacecraft and all instruments are currently in a safe mode state. Engineering will continue to restore all instruments and science data to an operational state once a plan forward has been determined. All missed data will not be recoverable. The NOAA-20 spacecraft will continue to provide all the primary JPSS science data needs.

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Version 3.7.1 b1230 of the CoastWatch Utilities has been released.  Updates include:

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As sea temperatures rise, lethal Vibrio bacteria species populations are growing. The NOAA CoastWatch Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regional node at AOML has developed a model to predict Vibrio habitat suitability on a global scale.
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Dr. Andrea VanderWoude, the NOAA CoastWatch Great Lakes Node Manager, will be one of the co-instructors for the upcoming AMS Joint Satellite Lake Data and Products Short Course, August 7, 2022, This is a hybrid event with both in-person and remote attendance available. 

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Most data streams and services have been restored.  S-3A/B Level-2 OLCI data are still undergoing consolidation.  Broken links may appear for retrospective data during this transition.  Contact coastwatch.info@noaa.gov if you need assistance in locating data. 

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Multi-sensor 9 km ocean color products are now available on the data portal and ERDDAP. These global gap-free data come from 3 instruments: the VIIRS sensor aboard both SNPP and NOAA-20, plus the OLCI on Sentinel 3A. The OLCI Level-1B data are from EUMETSAT, and VIIRS Level-1B data are provided by NOAA, JPSS. The NOAA/STAR Ocean Color Team then produce the chlorophyll, light attenuation (downwelling) at 490 nm (Kd490), and Suspended Particulate Material (SPM) analysis products on a ~10 day delay.

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Dr. Sherry Palacios from CSUMB utilizes CoastWatch ERDDAP, Data Portal, and training materials in her oceanography curricula.
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From May 9 - May 12, 2022, CoastWatch hosted their hybrid Annual Science Meeting, the first since the onset of the pandemic. 91 participants registered to attend, with most participating virtually and up to 25 attendees in person at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) Building on the University of Maryland Campus in College Park, Maryland. The majority of attendees were NOAA affiliates or federal employees, though members of academia, representatives of non-government organizations, and state/local government workers also participated.

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Visible satellite images taken during the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption that occured on Jan. 15, 2022.

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The NOAA STAR (Center for Satellite Applications and Research) Water Surface Conditions/Sea Surface RoughnessTeam has developed an arctic normalized radar cross section (NRCS) daily composite from multiple spacecraft synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instruments at 1km resolution. 

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Forecasters at the Grand Rapids Weather Forecast Office describe how they use CoastWatch data to predict lake effect snow, freezing spray, and more.
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Meteorologists at the Cleveland Weather Forecast Office tell a story exemplifying how CoastWatch data supports their mission, and how accurate predictions can save lives.
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The CoastWatch / OceanWatch / PolarWatch Program (CW / OW / PW) held its annual science meeting September 27-30, 2021, hosted virtually by the East Coast Regional Node. The meeting was a chance for the six regional nodes and the CW/OW/PW Central Operations team to convene with data users and scientists on the progress of current projects, the needs of the user community, new satellite data products including those from upcoming satellite missions, and the status of applications and tools for meeting environmental concerns.

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Student Spotlight

Graduate assistant Zachary Paolillo worked to support NOAA CoastWatch communications efforts. During his time at NOAA, Zach worked on producing outreach and training materials including compiling examples of how NOAA CoastWatch data are used and a tutorial for analyzing satellite data with ArcGIS.
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Communication of scientific information and data to the public is part of NOAA’s mission, and scientific visualization is often the public’s first encounter with the agency’s data. This post gives an overview of recent advances and considerations for selecting and improving color selection for remote sensing data. NOAA CoastWatch will be experimenting with different colors for its data presentations.
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By studying sea level anomalies, scientists can improve understanding of ocean circulation patterns and improve forecasts of climatological events such as El Niño and La Niña. The NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry produces daily near-real time global sea level anomaly datasets from a constellation of radar altimeter missions.
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The Gulf of Mexico loop current brings warm Caribbean water northward between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba and into the Gulf. The current loops around the Gulf, flows southeastward into the Florida Strait where it serves as a parent to the Florida current and ultimately joins the Gulf Stream.
 

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The Tongue of the Ocean is a deep water basin in the Bahamas that is surrounded to the east, west and south by a carbonate bank known as the Great Bahama Bank. The deep blue water of the Tongue is a stark contrast to the shallow turquoise waters of the surrounding Bank.
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Winds blowing across the Sahara Desert send large clouds of dust that travel thousands of miles to the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea. The growth of phytoplankton, microscopic plants at the base of the ocean food chain, is restricted by iron availability. When Saharan dust is blown into the ocean, phytoplankton use the iron and nutrients from the dust and begin to grow and reproduce.
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One expected impact of climate change is an increase in the frequency and severity of storms in the eastern United States. As such, many coastal communities and ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable to the detrimental impacts of coastal erosion. The CoastWatch East Coast node monitors coastal erosion by tracking in-water sediment values.
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This summer, NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch/PolarWatch hosted undergraduate summer intern, India Oliver, as part of an undergraduate scholarship program run through NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions.
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In collaboration with the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory's Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division and NOAA Coral Reef Watch, the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico node of CoastWatch produces an ocean acidification product suite for the greater Caribbean region to track changes in the surface ocean that can be used as an important tool in coral reef research and management.
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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is an active radar satellite instrument that transmits microwave pulses that bounce off the Earth’s surface. The radar signals are then processed into imagery that can be used to derive several geographic and non-geographic features including: wind speeds, oil spills, sea ice and ship detection.
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Information about sea surface temperature is important for weather and ocean forecasting, climate monitoring, military and defense operations, ecosystem assessment, fisheries analyses and tourism operations. NOAA's Sea Surface Temperature Team is working to improve their products by reanalyzing past data with NOAA's Advanced Clear-Sky Processor for Oceans (ACSPO) using the enterprise algorithm.
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AquaWatch, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Water Quality Initiative, presents information about water quality issues and monitoring in a variety of habitats and exemplars of water quality monitoring using archived and next generation Earth Observation data using technologies developed and exploited by researchers within the AquaWatch community.
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In a paper published in 2017 in Progress in Oceanography, coauthors Guanming Zheng and Paul M. DiGiacomo reviewed approaches to deriving water quality products from satellite ocean color data. They quantify and discuss the inherent uncertainties surrounding the characterization of water quality parameters of interest in coastal waters
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The National Estuary Program identifies, protects, and conserves water quality for ecologically significant estuaries and surrounding watersheds. The National Estuary Program uses Sea Surface Temperature time series products produced by the NOAA CoastWatch East Coast Node for estuary management.
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In order to understand ice formation and the types of ice in the Great Lakes, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and the U.S. Coast Guard use Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data from the NOAA CoastWatch Great Lakes Node to monitor six different types of ice, ice thickness, and ice cover.
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U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes agencies work together to document significant quarterly events, seasonal and yearly changes for the Great Lakes region and compile them into quarterly reports. NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch data used in these bulletins includes Sea Surface Temperature, Synthetic Aperture Radar and real time marine data from buoys, coastal met stations, airports, and ships.
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NOAA's Atlantic Oceanography & Meteorological Laboratory produces a Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential (TCHP) product represents a robust measure of how much energy is available in the ocean to sustain or modify the intensity of tropical cyclones.The NOAA CoastWatch Geo-Polar Blended surface sea temperature product and sea surface height data are used to produce global daily TCHP fields.
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Standings of small juvenile salmon sharks have been reported between British Columbia, Canada and northern Baja California. A recent study used CoastWatch sea surface temperature data from the west coast regional node to explore the link between salmon shark strandings and water temperature.
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The jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as the Humbolt squid, is an economically important fisheries species in the Eastern Pacific, currently accounting for approximately one third of the world's squid landings. Sea surface temperature and sea surface height data from NOAA OceanWatch Central Pacific node was used to research movements of their fishing ground.
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Fisheries bycatch has been implicated as a contributing factor in the population decline of endangered Pacific loggerhead turtles. In order to reduce interactions between longline fishing vessels based in Hawaii and loggerhead sea turtles, the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center created an experimental information product called TurtleWatch.
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The EcoCast tool uses habitat suitability models and satellite-derived environmental data to predict where broadbill swordfish and three bycatch species (leatherback turtle, blue shark and California sea lion) are likely to be each day. Daily EcoCast maps help fishers identify fishing spots minimize fisheries bycatch and maximize fisheries target catch.
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NOAA's National Ocean Service uses Coast Watch ocean color data along with cell counts and other environmental information to produce a Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) and a Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)
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