Focus Areas

NERACOOS has identified seven priority theme areas that help guide the design, development and implementation of the regional ocean observing system.

Maritime Operations

Coastal Hazards Resiliency

Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem Health

Ocean Energy Planning and Management

Cross cutting themes:

Climate Variability

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Education and Outreach

These areas were determined in part by our collaboration with the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), a regional ocean partnership for New England established at the recommendation of the 2004 U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to "facilitate the development of regional goals and priorities and improve responses to regional issues."

Our partnering with NROC ensures that NERACOOS activities are directly tied to regional priorities and planning efforts and that the regional observing system delivers data and products that effectively support stakeholders working in these themes.