About NERACOOS

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) spans coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the New York Bight. NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. NERACOOS is also advancing efforts to improve water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems.

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Click here to test out the Mariners Dashboard: a new way to explore ocean and weather observations from stations in the Northeast

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NERACOOS Statement of Solidarity

As we’ve witnessed the events of the past six weeks, it has become clear that we, as an organization, have work to do. This extraordinary moment fills us with hope that justice and equity for people of color are finally within reach. The Northeastern United States is home to a number of communities of color across our varied coastal zone. These communities’ voices are crucial to making sound decisions about how best to utilize ocean resources and adapt to change.  

The mission of NERACOOS is, at its core, about providing everyone with access to information; our mission does not discriminate against ocean users or interested members of the public. That means it’s not enough for us—an organization with a currently all-white staff—to make statements against institutionalized racism and in support of racial equity. Rather, we must do more to actualize our words.

Our work begins by taking the following actions:                

  • Receive diversity, equity, and inclusion training so we can begin to build a culture of inclusivity at NERACOOS
  • Develop greater engagement with communities of color in our region to understand how the work of NERACOOS can better include and support them.       
  • Actively seek opportunities to bring greater diversity to our staff and board of directors
  • Commemorate Juneteenth with an organizational day of service
  • Recognize Indigenous People’s Day on October 12th

These are only the first steps. Real change will take time, and there is no doubt we will make mistakes along the way. Nevertheless, we pledge to learn from those mistakes, to accept criticism, and listen more than we talk. We will work to educate ourselves about our roles and the work we must do, as we commit to doing our part and leveraging the strengths of our organization to help create a just, safe, and equitable world for all. 

If you would have thoughts as to how we can do better, please email Jake Kritzer (jake@neracoos.org) and Julianna Mullen (julianna@neracoos.org) so we may discuss your ideas.

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Accepting mini-proposals now through July 10th, 2020

Our mini-proposal request portal is open! If you have an idea for a project that is strategically interesting and relevant to NERACOOS and our stakeholders, submit it using this form. Mini-proposal submissions will be considered for inclusion in our five-year proposal for IOOS in response to NOAA-NOS-IOOS-2021-2006475. All are welcome to submit by July 10th, 2020.

Read the full announcement here.

Questions? Email Jackie Motyka or Tom Shyka for assistance. 

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How COVID-19 Is Impacting the NERACOOS Observing Network

Springtime’s longer days and better weather usually herald a frenzy of activity, yet here we are, stuck in a pandemic Twilight Zone--not to mention, where’s the better weather? If it were any other year, the routine tasks that keep our ocean observing system up and running would be going off without a hitch; nothing, however, is exempt from the influence of COVID-19, including our ability to provide real-time, dependable ocean data. 

NERACOOS’ system operators are currently limited in their capacity to service and deploy monitoring equipment, which in turn is affecting the quality of information available on the NERACOOS website. As with most industries, personnel who can work from home are doing so (including NERACOOS staff), but there are many jobs that can’t be performed while the current restrictions remain in place. 

Some buoys that were removed for the winter have yet to be redeployed and at-sea maintenance visits are on hold because key research vessels are also under stay-at-home orders. According to the Physical Oceanography Group at the University of Maine, operator of seven NERACOOS buoys, data reliability may decline until repair teams can make it out. The University of Connecticut also reports that routine service visits to the Long Island Sound buoys have been delayed; the result is an interruption in vital long-term data series at the most critical time of the year. 

Docked research vessels also means that ship research cruise schedules have been scrambled. A survey for the NERACOOS/NROC Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network, which became part of the Marine Biodiversity Observing Network project portfolio in 2019, was slated to begin in mid-May and is now postponed indefinitely. A condensed 2020 fieldwork season could mean that some projects will be pushed forward an entire calendar year. 

Clearly our problems don’t start and end in our backyard; there are delays throughout the entire supply chain. For example, Sea-Bird Scientific, a company that manufactures and services many of the sensors with which buoys are outfitted, is also reporting long repair turnaround times. 

The seriousness of these issues weighs heavily on us and our system operators. We’re keenly aware of the importance of our regional observing network, and understand that for some of our stakeholders, less data equate to more risk, not only inconvenience.

As the world begins to reopen and normal operations resume (or if they don’t, and this remains our “new normal”), we will continue to update you on the status of the NERACOOS observing network. Thank you for your patience and kindness during this trying time. 

If you have questions or pressing concerns, please contact Tom Shyka or Julianna Mullen

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Check out the 2018 Annual Report

Learn more about NERACOOS' partners and projects in this year's report.

 

 

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of NERACOOS

The key roles of the Executive Director are to lead, manage, and inspire staff, principal investigators, partners, and board members to collectively sustain and improve a regional ocean observing system that is responsive to the information needs of the Northeast. 

The Executive Director is the principal spokesperson for the organization and will travel extensively to represent NERACOOS locally, nationally, and occasionally internationally, and to provide regional leadership and guidance.

Location:

The Executive Director will work from the NERACOOS Offices in Portsmouth, NH.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain current and develop new collaborative partnerships with regional and national stakeholders, including government, private funding organizations, elected officials, agency staff, and scientists;
  • Interface effectively with NERACOOS’ Board of Directors, staff, principal investigators, and regional/national partners; and
  • Remain true to the spirit of the organization’s mission and values while implementing a strategic business plan to thoughtfully expand and diversify NERACOOS’ scope and funding.

Qualifications:

The Executive Director is a leader with a history of effective relationship building. The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in marine science, oceanography, public policy/administration, natural resources, or a related field and at least five years of management experience;
  • Demonstrated competence leading an outcomes-based program or organization, including specific examples of operationalized strategies that have led to progressive organizational/program development;
  • A general understanding of the environmental, economic, social and governmental landscape of the binational Northeastern region;
  • Proven fundraising success including the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and generate revenue;
  • Technical competency of ocean observing technologies, infrastructure, systems, and data management;

Company & Benefits:

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems provides oceanographic information to the Northeast region, a large, dynamic, environment, that stretches from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. People who work and play on the water, as well as those who live in coastal communities, depend on NERACOOS information and forecasts to make important decisions, such as when to bring oil tankers into port, where to go for the best surfing, and whether it is safe to go fishing. Scientists and meteorologists utilize NERACOOS data to better understand and predict storms, sea-level change, animal migrations, harmful algae blooms, and more. The information NERACOOS provides helps protect lives and property, empower coastal economies, and improve the health of our oceans.

The salary range for the Executive Director position is commensurate with experience. NERACOOS provides a competitive package of benefits to all eligible employees. Benefits include health insurance, health savings account, simplified employee pension, and paid leave.

Applying Instructions:

Submit your CV, 1-page cover letter, and no more than a 2-page statement of qualifications as a PDF to EDSearch@neracoos.org. Please, no paper applications. The search committee will review applications on a rolling basis. Download a PDF of the job description.

NERACOOS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. 

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The June NERACOOS newsletter is out with updates about Shell Day, monitoring, and buoy redeployments

Find it here and if you haven't already, sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter. No spam, we promise!

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Northeast Biological Observations Workshop

Register now for our upcoming workshop!

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NERACOOS' 2018 Annual Report Is Now Available!

The 2018 Annual Impact Report is a snapshot into the ways in which NERACOOS provided ocean information for safety, resilience, and stewardship throughout the past year. Take a look to learn more about our projects, system operators, and financials, and read a letter from Dr. Ru Morrison, our Executive Director. We're looking forward to continuing our work in 2019 and beyond!

 

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2017 NERACOOS Annual Report

Check out the 2017 Annual Impact Report available here

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King Tide Media Event

A changing climate greatly impacts Maine’s coastal communities. Vulnerable areas, such as Camp Ellis, are already experiencing challenges associated with sea level rise, and more frequent and intense storm events. In an effort to measure these changes and respond accordingly a new tide gauge has been installed by the USGS on the Saco River. Please join us for the King Tide (an especially high tide) to showcase this new water level station and its importance to local stakeholders, such as: meteorologists at the National Weather Service, first responders with Maine Emergency Management Agency, and coastal residents. Click here for event details.

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New Wave Buoy in Cape Cod Bay

A new high-tech wave-monitoring buoy, supported by state and federal agencies, was recently deployed in Cape Cod bay. The buoy will provide sea-state information in Cape Cod Bay to improve safety and efficiency of marine transportation as mariners approach or exit the Cape Cod Canal. Please see MassDEP Press Release for more information about this project. 

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U.S. IOOS Award Provides $2.2 Million for Ocean Observations and Forecasting in the Northeast

U.S. IOOS has awarded a new 5-year cooperative agreement to NERACOOS that will continue to fund the production, integrations and delivery of critical ocean information. Click here for more information about the award and our partners.

 

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2015 Annual Report

The NERACOOS 2015 Annual Impact Report is now available! Click link to read.

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NERACOOS, NECAN, ISMN and EPSCoR Partnership

This summer NERACOOS partnered with New Hampshire EPSCoR and were lucky enough to receive two interns for the entire summer!

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Integrated Nutrient Observatory Deployment Underway

Our nutrient observatory will soon expand to include Long Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.

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January 2016 Ocean Temperatures Warmest on Record

Our ocean climate tool (see graph below) shows that recent surface water temperatures have been well above the average temperatures for this time of year. This data is a local example of a global phenomenon recently reported by NOAA; January 2016 ocean surface water temperatures were the warmest on record.

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NECAN Update

In an effort to inform and learn from local stakeholders NECAN has successfully hosted six workshops throughout the Northeast (see image from Connecticut meeting). These workshops were attended by a broad range of stakeholders including individuals from industry, management, and research.

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Expanding Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Engagement

The efforts of NECAN (Northeast Coastal Ocean Acidification Network) to expand monitoring of ocean and coastal acidification (OCA) in the region are starting to pay off. Last month, NECAN members and steering committee representatives attended a press event at the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) hosted by the EPA.

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