Agency Resources

GCOOS Data Portal: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) data portal provides information about the environment of the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries for use by decision-makers, including researchers, government managers, industry, the military, educators, emergency responders, and the general public. 

NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®): IOOS is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. The Operations Division coordinates the contributions of Federally-owned observing and modeling systems and develops and integrates non-federal observing and modeling capacity into the system in partnership with IOOS regions.  The Regions, Budget, and Policy (RB&P) division oversees several functions including management, budgeting, execution, policy, and regional and external affairs to further the advancement of U.S. IOOS.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information: Responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data with over 20 petabytes of comprehensive atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data.

Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX): The Center's  mission is to perform operations, research, and development in airborne lidar bathymetry and complementary technologies to support the coastal mapping and charting requirements of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). JALBTCX staff includes engineers, scientists, hydrographers, and technicians from the USACE Mobile District, the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), and NOAA National Geodetic Survey.

Office of Naval Research (ONR) S&T Department: From the development of sophisticated computer algorithms for aircraft and ship electronics to the fielding of lightweight armor for the Marine Corps, ONR’s six science and technology departments (Codes) coordinate and execute the research investment priorities as outlined in the Naval Research and Development Framework. Click here for ONR Funding Opportunities.  


ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department – Code 32:  The Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department explores science and technology in the areas of oceanographic and meteorological observations, modeling and prediction in the battlespace environment; submarine detection and classification (anti-submarine warfare); and mine warfare applications for detecting and neutralizing mines in both the ocean and littoral environment. These three main areas are addressed by the following programs:

Arctic and Global Prediction                        Littoral Geosciences and Optics

Marine Mammals and Biology                     Marine Meteorology

Maritime Sensing                                          Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Engineering & Marine Systems       Physical Oceanography

Research Facilities                                       Undersea Signal Processing

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL):  The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.


National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP):  The NOPP facilitates partnerships between federal agencies, academia, and industry to advance ocean science research and education. Through this collaboration, federal agencies can leverage resources to invest in priorities that fall between agency missions or that are too large for any single agency to support.

Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018 (CENOTE):  This bill directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish a joint program office within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations to coordinate the acquisition and assessment of unmanned maritime systems.

NOAA must coordinate with the Department of the Navy to leverage expertise in the development and operational transition of unmanned maritime systems. It may also coordinate with other federal agencies, the academic sector, and the private sector to maximize research opportunities and to support commercialization of unmanned maritime systems.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP): The SERDP and ESTCP are the Department of Defense's environmental research programs, harnessing the latest science and technology to improve DoD’s environmental performance, reduce costs, and enhance and sustain mission capabilities. The Programs respond to environmental technology requirements that are common to all of the military Services, complementing the Services’ research programs. 

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