Data Portal and Cyber-infrastructure Updates


AOOS added the Generalized Geology from the Geologic Map of Alaska to the Ocean Data Explorer. The USGS released the first ever digital version of the Alaska Geologic Map in 2016, based on a huge number of references. The legend is complicated, so you’re better off just using the roll-over with your mouse to explore the geologic units.


AOOS has set up an Environmental Research Division’s Data Access Program (ERDDAP) server for AOOS regional sensor data. It’s linked at the bottom of the AOOS data access page. ERDDAP is a data serving system, built and sponsored by NOAA, that has the capability to serve almost any kind of data including grids, ascii data, source data files, and WMS tiles through an application programming interface (API). We’ve received requests to add this service for real-time sensor data, so now scientists writing programs to pull down Alaska regional sensor data from us have an option other than the 52 North SOS service. It’s a bit more user-friendly than SOS, and it’s in use by slightly different user communities.


Axiom just added a portion of data from the Chukchi Offshore Monitoring in Drilling Areas (COMIDA) project. The data ingested includes impact monitoring for offshore subsistence hunting. In essence, it shows GPS tracks of hunters near Wainwright and point Lay, and the location of their sightings or takes. Access the data from here.


Axiom recently added data from the Shell Ice & Weather Advisory Center (SIWAC) for 2014 and 2015. That gives us data from 6/23/2010 to 10/21/2015. View the whole time series here.


AOOS just finished up visualizing a hydrology model of the State of Alaska that estimates historic stream flow discharge and snow water equivalent depth from 1979 to 2014. Access it here.

We worked with David Hill, along with a student, Noa Bruhis, and a post doc, Jordan Beamer, at Oregon State University who did the work through an NPRB-funded project, “The contributions of precipitation and glacial processes to freshwater fluxes into the Gulf of Alaska.” Here’s link to David’s work on this project if you want more information


AOOS just polished up the visualizations from some fish catch data from the Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey (BASIS). This is a long-running collaboration between Axiom, AOOS, and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC). At NOAA, we worked closely with Jeanette Gann (with additional input from Wes Strasburger, Kristin Ciecil, Ed Farley, and Mandy Lindeberg) to get these data in order and make them useful.

The layer allows you to filter by many types of parameters, including by year, method, fish life stage, and/or taxonomy. It also allows you to generate a report over an arbitrary area by drawing a polygon, or just download the whole thing. Access it here.


AOOS finished up four new layers that we received from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). They’re all static, synthesized datasets that serve to delineate areas of the Canadian Oceans for management and research decisions.


AOOS recently ingested the North American Mesoscale Forecast System model, (NAM-12), which is a major regional weather forecast model run by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The model includes 14 sublayers ranging from temperature and precipitation to snow depth and sea surface temperature.


Thanks to the ShoreZone Alaska project, AOOS users can now “fly the coast” through a number of new regions including Prince William Sound, the Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay, Southeast, and the northwest Arctic.  After clicking on the flight line in the AOOS Ocean Data Explorer, two windows automatically appear streaming video for the specific location, and displaying still photos.  Users have the option of changing the video resolution from high to low resolution depending on bandwidth, and can hop to a new area of coast at any time.


The Seward burkolator – an instrument that collects realtime carbonate chemistry data from water entering the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward- is back up and running. The data helps scientists at UAF and NOAA learn more about ocean acidification trends.  Find the real-time data on the sensor map here by clicking on the dot near the Alaska SeaLife Center.


New legend features are now available, including the ability to change the color and resolution on legends for gridded data. This allows users to highlight thresholds or values of interest. A new advanced search function has also been added, where users can search for data using geography (drawing a polygon around a region of interest), time period, or access method.


Subsistence data for the Bering Strait area is now available through a partnership with the Bering Sea Sub-Network.  Users can view subsistence hunting areas for Savoonga and Gambell and filter by species of month. Additional data layers coming soon. Learn more.

Also, two new weather stations on Adak in the Aleutian Islands have been added to the real-time sensor map thanks to the Marine Exchange of Alaska.  Check them out.


Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity and Surface Wind Speed: These six satellite datasets were updated to newer versions that have better calibrations and are much closer to real-time.

NODC Arctic Regional Climatology (Monthly): These are long term averages of temperature and salinity for both the surface and subsurface in the Arctic region.


Forecasts and nowcasts of ocean circulation, wind, sea temperature and other parameters are now available for Prince William Sound through the Ocean Data Explorer and Model Explorer.  Users can also search for and view social and economic data for Arctic communities, thanks to a collaboration with UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research through the STAMP project.  Coming soon: historic vessel tracks from the Alaska Marine Exchange, and subsistence use information from the Bering Sea Subnetwork. 


A number of new data layers are now accessible through the Ocean Data Explorer including high resolution sea ice charts from Shell, sea ice forecasts from the National Weather Service Ice Desk, Alaska region bathymetry from University of Alaska, airport and port locations from the Arctic Council, future climate change projections from SNAP/ACCAP, and important bird areas from Audubon.  Users can also access NOAA charts by adding it as a base layer under “settings” in the top right menu. 


You can now find the new Historical Sea Ice Atlas in the Access Data drop-down menu.  The project was a collaboration between AOOS, the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), and Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP). The atlas was produced from a wide variety of sources and users can view and download sea ice concentration back to the 1850’s.


In early September, the AOOS data management team released the Gulf of Alaska data portal showcasing the research of the EVOS Gulfwatch program.  This data portal is the first AOOS portal to expose research collections organized and documented through the Ocean Workspace.

Several new sensors network have been made available through the AOOS real time sensor portal including several from Alyeska Ski Resort, Alaska Harbor Observation Network (AHON), Oolgonik Fairweather LLC and several Marine Exchange Stations.



AOOS Data Management has exposed several new data layers over the six months. These include a large number of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) data layers and the Audubon Arctic Marine Synthesis data layers which describe marine mammal and seabird habitat utilization.  Additionally, several data sets were exposed through AOOS data portals from the RUSLACA program which has been utilizing the AOOS Ocean Workspace to manage study data sets.

The AOOS data management team has been hard at work migrating AOOS user tools  from the flex environment to the HTML 5 framework.


Click for new model explorer. AOOS has released an updated version of Model Explorer. Now iPad and ISO friendly, this updated application includes a searchable catalog for improved model discovery, and am improved virtual sensor.

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