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NOAA offices, centers, and laboratories develop a number of online and desktop software tools to distill information, as well as to assist in the planning or decision process. These tools are freely available to the the public and provide many applications for the Gulf of Mexico, including habitat planning, risk assessment, hurricane tracks, and mapping.

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Areas of Interest

Chemical/Oil Spills

Automated Data Inquiry for Oil Spills (ADIOS)

NOAA's oil weathering model.

Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software suite programs:

The CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations) software suite consists of four core programs: CAMEOfm, CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA, and MARPLOT. These applications can be used together or separately, but when they are used together, the programs interact seamlessly and information can be linked easily between them.

Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) Gulf Response

Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool designed to assist both emergency responders and environmental resource managers who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment.

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps

Concise summaries of coastal resources that may be at risk in a spill incident.

Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs) Guide

Describes the products and services that NOAA can provide to FOSCs.

General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment (GNOME)

NOAA's oil spill trajectory model.

Job Aids

Field guides to assist with various response tasks, from shoreline assessment to choosing spill response alternatives.

NOAA Unit Converter for Oil Spills (NUCOS)

Simple desktop unit converter that includes units unique to oil spill response.

Reporting Forms for Wildlife Sightings

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Spill Tools

A set of three programs: the Mechanical Equipment Calculator, the In Situ Burn Calculator, and the Dispersant Mission Planner.

Trajectory Analysis Planner (TAP)

NOAA's contingency planning tool.

Data

Data Management Best Practices

National Coastal Data Development Center has compiled a list of links regarding data management best practices including NOAA Data Management Policy and a Data Management Cookbook.

Digital Coast

The Digital Coast provides the tools, training, and information needed to turn these data into the information most needed by coastal resource management professionals.

Gulf of Mexico Historical Data and Information

The National Oceanographic Data Center has created this website to access Gulf climatologies, NODC archive, interactive maps, satellite data and library information.

NOAA WaveWatch III: Gulf of Mexico

This website from the National Weather Service provides several model forecast maps for significant wave heights, peak wave periods, and wind speeds in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

OceanNOMADS

The NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System - (NOMADS), provides distributed, web-service access for real-time and retrospective, format-independent climate and weather model data and related datasets.

Fisheries

Financial Assistance

The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office facilitates the conservation, development and management of marine and estuarine resources through several competitive and non-competitive grants and cooperative financial assistance programs.

Fisheries One-Stop Shop

This is a National Marine Fisheries Service on online query tool for accessing the most current and comprehensive national summary statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries landings. This new tool is designed to provide the public with easy access to the wealth of U.S. marine fisheries information as it becomes available.

FishWatch

FishWatch provides easy-to-understand science-based facts to help you make smart sustainable seafood choices. Through FishWatch, learn how U.S. seafood is responsibly harvested under strict regulations that keep the environment healthy, fish populations thriving, and our seafood industry on the job. Also, find out what we're doing to make sure that imported seafood is safe and that it comes from legal and sustainable fisheries.

Marine Recreational Information Program

The Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP, is the new way NOAA Fisheries is counting and reporting marine recreational catch and effort. It is an angler-driven initiative that will not only produce better estimates, but will do so through a process grounded in the principles of transparency, accountability and engagement. MRIP replaces the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey, or MRFSS, which has been in place since the 1970s. MRIP is designed to meet two critical needs: 1) provide the detailed, timely, scientifically sound estimates that fisheries managers, stock assessors and marine scientists need to ensure the sustainability of ocean resources, and 2) address head-on stakeholder concerns about the reliability and credibility of recreational fishing catch and effort estimates.

Species Information System

The Species Information System (SIS) collects and manages regional and national data across National Marine Fisheries Service program offices. The data housed within SIS includes the most up-to-date information on the status of managed stocks and stock assessment results, as well as other important associated information.

Status of the Stocks

This National Marine Fisheries report overviews the status of the nation's fisheries and documents our national journey toward ending overfishing and rebuilding the nation's fisheries. It summarizes the best available science on our stocks to inform the management process to take appropriate action with the goal of ending overfishing and reaching sustainable populations of fish.

Wildlife Sightings Reporting

A collection of forms for reporting sightings of lionfish, whale sharks, manta rays, and other significant wildlife observations.

Maps

Ecowatch Gulf of Mexico Data Discovery Portal

A variety of data and information is accessible for the Gulf of Mexico, including physical oceanographic, biological, and bathymetric data sets and maps, coastal ocean models, near real-time satellite imagery.

Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary Google Map

This interactive map allows users to view sanctuary data, photographs, and shaded relief, along with reference data that includes buoys, artificial reefs, and climatology.

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas

The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Ocean Exploration Regional Atlas

The Gulf of Mexico Regional Atlas is an interactive mapping application focusing on the expeditions by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Viewer

This Interactive Map Service highlights the wide variety of data available for the Gulf of Mexico regional ecosystem.

Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System Map

This map displays information on the presence of Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for harmful algal blooms known as "red tide". This interactive map also gives the user the ability to combine harmful algal bloom data with other observations such as winds and currents.

Hypoxia Watch Map

An interactive map application providing geospatially referenced view of dissolved oxygen measurements made during the different SEAMAP cruises between 2002 to present.

Monitoring the Gulf of Mexico Conditions

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory has devised methods and tools to allow for the real-time monitoring of ocean conditions. The maps and graphics shown on this website show the condition of several parameters in the Gulf of Mexico, including information about ocean currents, sea surface temperature, sea level, and ocean color.

NOAA Nautical Chart On-Line Viewer for the Gulf Coast

NOAA produces and maintains a suite of nautical charts that cover the coastal waters of the U.S. and its territories. NOAA's On-Line Chart Viewer are updated weekly and include all of the latest Notice to Mariners corrections.

Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Map

This interactive map provides access to information collected by the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network volunteers.

Regional Ecosystem Map- Gulf of Mexico

The Coastal Ecosystem Maps - Gulf of Mexico mapping application provides online access to Gulf of Mexico Fisheries data, thanks to a joint effort between NOAA's National Coastal Data Development Center and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.

Media

Marine Life Collection Photo Library

In the Media Library you'll find thousands of high-resolution photos and videos available for download. Images and video are from the 14 marine protected areas managed by NOAA, ranging from the remote coral atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the underwater kelp forests of the Channel Islands. Next head over to the Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries to read about the amazing creatures that live in our National Marine Sanctuaries.

Weather & Climate Tools

Historical Hurricane Tracks

This interactive mapping application easily searches and displays global tropical cyclone data. Users are able to query storms by the storm name, ZIP Code, city, state, geographic region, or latitude/longitude coordinates.

National Data Buoy Center

The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) designs, develops, operates, and maintains a network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations.

National Hurricane Center Blank Tracking Charts

Print out the same hurricane tracking charts used at the National Hurricane Center.

National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Interactive Map

Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast.

NOAA nowCOAST

NOAA nowCoast has real-time coastal observations and NOAA forecasts.

NOAA Tides and Currents

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) provides the national infrastructure, science, and technical expertise to monitor, assess, and distribute tide, current, water level, and other coastal oceanographic products and services.

Education & Outreach

Gulf Hypoxia Monitoring Stakeholder

This site includes activities and resources related to collaborative efforts to advance Gulf hypoxic zone research (monitoring, modeling, and other research) and management, as well as the Education and Outreach activities necessary to raise awareness and understanding of the ecosystem and economic impacts of hypoxia.