NERACOOS delivers real-time ocean and weather information, ocean forecasts and long term ocean information in the Northeast that support and enhance maritime commerce, safety, management, research and education- and making it accessible through To learn more about ocean observing in the Northeast, visit our About Ocean Observing page.

Our education approach encompasses the following four components:  
1. Regional Collaboration
2. Education Resources and Guidance
3. Downloadable Lesson Plans & Worksheets
4. Regional Association Worksheets
5. Teacher Workshops


NERACOOS provides information that helps audiences develop their own understanding of the ocean's influence on weather and climate and the relationship between oceans and humans. This "Ocean Literacy" is critical to sustaining our ocean and coastal regions. NERACOOS works with our partners to promote Ocean Literacy by providing sponsorship to the NEOSEC Biennial New England Ocean Literacy Summit, which provide a unique opportunity for educators, scientists, and decision makers to gather for networking, presentations, and hands-on workshops that highlight educator and scientist collaborations. Additionally, NERACOOS continues to support educational efforts through internships and direct communications. Have a question or want to learn more? Contact the NERACOOS staff, we're always happy to help.

Education Resources and Guidance

  • Real-time Data Portal: An interactive map that shows the latest weather and ocean observations including winds, waves, air and water temperature, salinity, right whale presence and more.
  • Graphing and Download Tool: Provides easy access to data on past conditions that can be viewed and analyzed.
  • Text a buoy and Dial a buoy: Tools that allow mobile access to the latest weather and ocean observations.
  • Wave Height and Direction Forecast: Maps depict predicted wave conditions across the Gulf of Maine 48 hours in the future.
  • Coastal Flooding and Erosion Forecast: Decision support tool uses forecasts of water level and waves to predict coastal damage.
  • Ocean Surface Currents: Maps show speed and direction of currents based on data from high-frequency radar.
  • Ocean Climatology: An interactive tool that displays the average ocean and weather conditions from buoy locations throughout the Northeast.
  • Satellite Images: for Chlorophyll and Sea Surface Temperatures- A “big picture” view of ocean conditions in the Northeast.

Downloadable Lessons Plans & Worksheets

  • Buoy Observations: Give students a look at real-time data and show how each location in the ocean is different by graphing the data with this worksheet. This will allow students to question why each buoy collects data and why locations may differ. 
  • Buoy Definitions: This worksheet is made up of common terms students will come across when looking at buoy stations and their data. 
  • Adopt A Buoy: This worksheet will give students a chance to "adopt" a buoy of their choice and monitor it over an extended period of time. In doing so students can gain understanding in the importance of buoy observations and monitoring, and why looking at data over time is relevant.

IOOS & Regional Association (RA) Handouts: Outlines the data types avaliable, relevant education tools, and contact information specific to each RA. 



CeNCOOS, Central and Northern California IOOS

GCOOS, Gulf of Mexico IOOS

GLOS, Great Lakes IOOS

IOOS, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System


NANOOS, Northwest IOOS


PacIOOS, Pacific Islands IOOS

SCCOOS, Southeast California IOOS

SECOORA, Southeast Coastal Ocean IOOS

Teacher Workshops 

Maine Department of Marine Resources Teacher Training, In-Service Workshops
New England Aquarium Teacher Resources/Professional Development
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquatic WILD