MARACOOS seeks to educate users on end product delivery and understanding. Through workshops, programs, studies, pilot projects and collaborations, we hope to educate the many users of ocean observation data.

COSEE NOW - Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Networked Ocean World

  • COSEE NOW is invested in the improvement of effective communications between scientists and educators. COSEE NOW surveys and confers with educators and scientists on their use of ocean data in an effort to improve data displays, and their preferences for interaction to improve collaboration within the new paradigm of internet-based ocean exploration and research. Knowledge acquired through these efforts serves as a basis for extending communication of ocean observing data to the general public.
  • By facilitating online communications between educators and scientists about the use of ocean observatory data in education, COSEE NOW maximizes these collaborations to produce quality education and public outreach opportunities and media presentations.
  • COSEE-NOW partners are creating new K-12 lesson plans to supplement existing online products such as the COOL Classroom ( and the Bridge website (

COSEE-NOW also promotes learning through informal experiences by providing free choice learning activities focused on ocean observatory data in Informal Science Education Institutions through exhibits and educational programs.

Visit the COSEE NOW website to join our Networked Ocean World and link into a community interested in constructing knowledge of our ocean with real time data, conversation and collaboration.

K-12 and Ocean Observations

The Cool Room Here, scientists from Rutgers University pull together data from satellites, coastal radars and underwater weather stations, process it, and post it on the Cool Room for you to use to make the most of NJ's coastal resources. Site gives oceanographic data for use by fishermen, boaters, swimmers, surfers, and divers, and includes activities for kids. The Cool Room classroom allows teachers to seamlessly integrate the Cool Room into their lessons. Visit for Internet-based modules link classrooms with studies of New Jersey's coastal ocean. Interdisciplinary projects use real-time or near real-time data to support science concepts: history of oceanography; how and why ocean data is collected; impact of physical factors on phytoplankton, fisheries. Students use data to plot sea surface temperatures and currents, predict ocean weather conditions, and more. Includes profiles of researchers and their jobs, printable teacher guides on COOL tools and projects, tutorials on research instrumentation.

Lesson Plans:

Buoyancy - Buoyancy can be a difficult concept for students. It’s all about density! This hands-on introduction from the Bridge website and COSEE-NOW will have students work through activities and demonstrations using online resources and ocean observing systems data to investigate the buoyancy considerations of commercial shipping.

Sea State - Being able to accurately forecast the conditions at sea, or sea state, has been the goal of explorers, sailors, and fishermen for thousands of years. Now, through the use of ocean observing systems, we can not only predict, but pinpoint, exactly what the sea state will be like before leaving the dock.

Coral Bleaching - Some of the planet's most diverse ecosystems are at risk. With temperatures on the rise, coral reefs are at greater risk for coral bleaching. Examine water temperature data from NOAA to find out how 2005 affected coral reefs and predict what's on the horizon for 2006.

Cold One Day, Warm Another? - Ever wondered why water temperatures at the beach can be so different from day to day? Learn how upwelling influences beach water temperatures in this Data Tip, a collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility.

Waves: An Alternative Energy Source - Our lives have become so dependant on non-renewable energy sources that it is hard to imagine life without them. But what about renewable or sustainable energy sources? Explore the possibility of waves as an alternative energy source and use data from US ocean observing system (OOS) buoys to determine the feasibility.

Conductivity - Water, regardless of whether it is fresh or saline, serves as one of the best electrical conductors on the planet. Learn about conductivity and its relation to salinity, and use real-time ocean observing system (OOS) data to investigate what factors affect conductivity.

Bridge DATA - Cold One Day, Warm Another?
Using water temperature and wind vector data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility explore trends in nearshore upwelling.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Bridge DATA - Submersed in Undersea Technology
Calculate and assess coral mortality data collected during an underwater research expedition from Aquarius and Jason.

Bridge DATA - Sea State. Cast real time sea state conditions using buoys from NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.

Bridge DATA - Conductivity
Using real-time data from buoys around the coastal U.S., students will explore the effects of salts in the water, as well as the effects of other parameters on the conductivity of the water.

Bridge DATA - Coral Bleaching: A White Hot Problem
Assess coral bleaching using water temperature data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center.

The Ecosystem Literacy Initiative is the focus of the education program at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. It strives to understand how people learn about ecosystems, to enhance the general understanding of students, policy makers, and the public of ecosystems, and train a new generation of ecologists capable of addressing and solving complex environmental problems.

VIMS Real-Time Data Buoy
The VIMS data buoy provides real-time data including air and water temperature, water salinity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and water current and wave information for the York River at Gloucester Point, Virginia. The buoy is one piece of a long-term project to provide real-time data for accurate predictions of ecosystem processes in Lower Chesapeake Bay.

Our Lake
OurLake allows access to surface water quality data collected remotely on Central New York State’s lakes and tributaries. Useful for education, scientists, and the general public, this web site includes Near-Real-Time (NRT) data, detailed section describing the parameters that are measured, how these parameters are measured, and suggestions on how the measurements may be interpreted and utilized by all stakeholders. Meteorological data are also collected and presented in NRT.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Eyes on the Bay
This easy to use, comprehensive website includes a wealth of real-time and archived data, as well as several lesson plans. Using the highly-interactive map, you can access stations that measure parameters including air and water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The lesson plans cover salinity, dissolved oxygen, and harmful algal blooms, and are aligned to the Maryland Voluntary Curriculum.

Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
This observing system provides real-time data, graphs, web cams, and more throughout the Great Lakes and connecting waterways, including the St. Lawrence River, Niagara River, and the St. Clair system. The data are easily accessible using the highly interactive menus. GLOS data includes lake conditions, water levels, surface temperatures, meteorological data, and weekly forecasts. The site also provides the history of the project, the partners involved, and a list serv.

Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP)
CORMP's goal is to provide an interdisciplinary science-based framework that supports sound public policy leading to wise coastal use, sustainable fisheries and improved coastal ocean ecosystem health. This site features an easy to use interactive map with real time and archived buoy and weather station data for southern North Carolina and South Carolina. The site also includes teacher resources including workshop information, presentations and reports, and links to additional systems and educational resources, and information on CORMP research initiatives.

National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
Obtain real-time and archived data from data buoys, weather stations, and oil rigs all over the globe. This is an excellent resource for students, teachers, scientists, and the general public. The data are easy to access and manipulate for hundreds of stations world-wide. The Science Education page features frequently asked questions answered with graphs, maps, and real data. The site also provides background information on ocean observing systems including buoys, satellites, floats, and more.

Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS)
GOOS is a permanent global system for observations, modeling and analysis of marine and ocean variables to support operational ocean services worldwide. The GOOS site is strictly an informational page concerning GOOS, its goals, the progress it has made so far, the groups involved, and its potential impacts. Links are available to pilot projects and affiliated programs that are already underway, as well as documents presented at various organizational meetings and workshops.

National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations (IOOS)
This site was created by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) to coordinate the development of an operational and integrated and sustained ocean observing system (IOOS). The IOOS site includes detailed information on the formation and organization of the group, as well as a calendar of workshops and events, development information, a newsletter, and all the latest news. The site also links to similar programs and industry representatives.

Bridge DATA - Waves: An Alternative Energy Source
Evaluate the feasibility of wave energy as a practical alternative energy source using ocean observing system (OOS) buoys.

MATE - Marine Advanced Technology Education Center
The MATE Center's mission is to help prepare America's future workforce for ocean-related occupations. The MATE Center utilizes information from employers to improve and develop educational programs with a focus on marine technology. Few Marine Occupations that center offer:

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The COOL Room
This site displays data observing data from New Jersey.

Real-time observing data in Chesapeake Bay
This site is a great compilation of near and real time water quality data from Chesapeake Bay – Maryland.

Real-time data in Long Island Sound
MYSound provides real-time water quality, weather and wave data from Long Island Sound, its harbors and estuaries.

NY Harbor Nowcast and Forecast Site (Currents & Meteorology)
The Port of New York and New Jersey Operational Forecast System uses observed or forecast data to make scientific predictions about the present and future states, respectively, of water levels and currents (and possibly other relevant oceanographic variables such as salinity and temperature) in New York Harbor.