To support ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance coastal and ocean observation in the US Pacific Islands region, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observation System (PacioOS) received $ 4.26 million in federal funding. PacioOS help improve sea security, protect public health and the environment, and support the economy. This funding cycle marks the final year of a 5-year cooperation agreement with the US Integrated Sea Observation System.
PacioOS, based at the University of Indonesia Hawaii at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, currently owns and operates more than 35 observation platforms in the entire Pacific Islands region, including the State of the Philippines Hawaii, US territories and US-Related Free Countries. PacioOS also maintains modeling data that informs forecasts of the beach, ocean and atmosphere.
PacioOS information is used by the National Weather Service for marine forecasts, port pilots for safe marine navigation, coastal managers for inundation forecasts and recreational users for surfing, fishing, boating, and other activities. Accurate data about waves, currents, water quality, waves, and much more can be accessed free of charge at PacioOS the website through various visualization tools that allow easy access.
“PacioOS observations from buoys, sensors, stations and animal labels provide information about the latest coastal and marine conditions, and these data help improve short-term and long-term forecasts. We build time series that can record changes in the marine environment and detect trends over time. Pacific Island communities are vulnerable to sea level rise and extreme weather events – our data empowers decision makers and coastal communities to make safe and informed decisions, “said Melissa Iwamoto, director PacioOS. “As PacioOS starting our 13th year in operation, we thank you for your continued funding support and trust in our system. “
Expansion of observing assets
This year, PacioOS also received funding from the US Department of State and partnered with federal and local agencies to expand real-time wave buoy networks in the remote Pacific. Large areas in the Freely Associated States currently lack real-time data, which creates security problems both on land and at sea. Three new wave buoy sites are planned, and additional buoys will be available to maximize operational time. Capacity building and training are also under development to expand technical expertise among partners and local authorities.
Additional funding from NOAA will help replace PacioOSinstrumentation and elderly infrastructure in Indonesia Hawaii and increasing observation in the Pacific insular. Plans are underway to provide real-time sea level flow information between the islands of Guam and Rota (part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), an area known for its challenging sea conditions. Flow data and real-time models are essential for search and rescue operations and for providing safety information for marine users.
Contribute to national networks
PacioOS is one of 11 regional associations of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOS®). More than $ 39 million was awarded in 2020 throughout the US IOS. Regional associations coordinate project observations and support for coastal and marine decision-making to address community needs that are integrated into the national system.