The Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) is the Regional Association of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) in the Pacific Northwest, primarily Washington and Oregon. NANOOS also has strong ties with observing programs in Alaska and British Columbia.
NANOOS is a partnership of over 30 entities, including industry, state agencies, local governments, tribes, non government organizations, and educational institutions. Sensor platforms that contribute to NANOOS information within the Pacific Northwest and within the footprint of the Regional Scale Nodes component of the Ocean Observatories initiative include buoys to measure air and water conditions, shore-based high frequency radar to monitor ocean currents and facilitate marine search and rescue efforts, numerous land-based meteorological stations, and a variety of shore stations placed on docks, piers and jetties. Within these areas NANOOS provides observational and model data plus forecasts, decision-making tools, and new applications to make the business of managing our coastal oceans and estuaries easier than it has been in the past.