Welcome GoMOOS users!

Welcome to the NERACOOS website.  You found your way here as the GoMOOS website has been retired.  However, many of the products and services once provided by GoMOOS continue to be available to the maritime community.  We are working hard to continue much of the good work started by GoMOOS and the other observing system pilot projects in the region.  For more information about the formation of NERACOOS see our about page.  If you have any questions, feedback, or if we can help in any way, please let us know.  Below are links to popular GoMOOS.org products that are now available on NERACOOS.org.
GoMOOS Real Time Data Real-time buoy conditions can be found through the NERACOOS Real Time Data Portal.

You can use the “Zoom to location” menu to zoom in on the Gulf of Maine or other regions.  Once you click on a buoy, links to products such as all data from this station and station history will be found under the quick history.

Other tools from GoMOOS now available on the NERACOOS website:

NERACOOS Products you may also be interested in:

Stay up to date on NERACOOS activities:

Please let us know what you think - Feedback

NERACOOS.org was designed and is hosted and maintained by GMRI’s Ocean Data Products Group.

A Brief History of Ocean Observing in the Northeast


GoMOOS was founded in 1999 as a pilot for the concept of a national integrated ocean observing system, now known as the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The pilot effort was enormously successful; producing a cutting-edge system for collecting environmental data through a network of buoys in the Gulf of Maine.

The GoMOOS team developed innovative tools and web products to make this data more available tGoMOOSo the end user community through the GoMOOS.org website; a known, trusted utility for accessing real-time data in the Gulf of Maine.

Federal funding shortfalls in 2008 and 2009 necessitated the removal of some of the key GoMOOS buoys. Efforts were made to preserve the core of the buoy system in order to preserve the long-term data sets from the Gulf of Maine critical for understanding complex scientific issues such as climate change.

Federal funding for the NOAA IOOS program now flows through the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), providing the resources necessary to keep the Gulf of Maine buoys in the water. NERACOOS is one of 11 regional associations in the United States.  In late 2009, GoMOOS became part of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, effectively merging the program staff located in Portland with GMRI.  

NERACOOS and GMRI will continue to develop new products and services.

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Q: Who can I talk to for more information?

A: We always want to hear from our users about how we can improve the website and services. You can send a message via our Feedback link. Or if you have a question specific to one of the organizations mentioned earlier, the contact information follows:

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Organization Contacts:


NERACOOSThe Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems is a component of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), spanning 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 use these data for water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems. 

Website: http://www.neracoos.org
Contact: Ru Morrison [email protected]

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

GMRIAs one of the region’s leading research institutions, GMRI advances sustainable uses of marine resources and nurtures science literacy through a fusion of science, education and community programs. GMRI’s lab on the waterfront in Portland houses an international team of scientists working to fill key information gaps about commercial fish species, critical and sensitive habitats, fishing practices and gear technology, and economic decision making. The Ocean Data Products Group (formerly the GoMOOS IT and Product Development team) continues to provide support for data management and communications and product development for NERACOOS, as well as GMRI efforts. For more information on the GMRI Ocean Data Products team, visit our website:http://www.gmri.org/data/index.asp

Website: - http://www.gmri.org/data/index.asp
Contact: Riley Young Morse - [email protected]

University of Maine Physical Oceanography Group

UMaineUMainePhOG develops and operates real-time ocean observing systems. At the present time, they run the Gulf of Maine Buoy Array as part of the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and are starting the real-time buoy array of the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS). The Physical Oceanography Group (PhOG) designs and builds real-time data buoy systems, including the data logger/controller and electronic systems.

Website: - http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/
Contact: Neal Pettigrew - [email protected]