MARACOOS serves dozens of products from ocean and atmospheric mathematical prediction models. All models rely on observations from scientific instruments in order to make their predictions, therefore it is imperative that the observations be of high quality, hence the need for data coming through MARACOOS to be government certified. The science data can also be used to validate the accuracy of past model predictions, leading to paths forward for testing and improving model accuracy.
Models can predict the ocean or atmospheric weather from minutes to months in advance. Their spatial resolution of ground accuracy can be from meters to 20 or more kilometers, and predict conditions in a local area (NY Harbor) to global coverage. All of the models on the MARACOOS site are provided by US government agencies or MARACOOS university/private research partners.
Typical products include: Coastal flooding & Storm surge; Currents; Salinity; Temperature; Waves