One of the seven societal goals of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is to enable the sustained use of the ocean and coastal resources utilizing data from a sustained network of ocean sensors and technologies. Within the Mid Atlantic region, MARACOOS promotes awareness of current ocean observing activities and establishes partnerships with key education institutions and non profits to promote public understanding of the ocean.

MARACOOS Partnerships: COSEE Networked Ocean World (COSEE NOW) is one of fourteen National Science Foundation funded centers focused on education about our ocean. COSEE NOW is building an online network of scientists and educators focused on using emerging Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) technologies and real time data for public education across a broad continuum including community colleges, the K-12 formal education community, and informal learning institutions.

COSEE NOW Team Objectives: The COSEE NOW team - with investigators from Rutgers University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Liberty Science Center, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Word Craft, University of South Florida, and Monterey Peninsula College's MATE program - surveys and confers with educators and scientists on their use of ocean data to build the community's knowledge and skills in using real time data in education and public outreach.

COSEE NOW's research and development projects focus on facilitating communications between educators and scientists; developing new data products and professional development services to improve communications and promote collaboration; and co-creating quality education and media products for use with the general public.

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