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National Planning Documents

Documents issued by the NOAA IOOS office.

SECOORA provides comments on these plans.

High Level Requirements Plan  :::  DMAC Concept of Operations Plan  :::  Operational Wave Observation Plan  :::  HF Radar Surface Current Mapping Plan

National High Level Functional Requirements Plan

November 2008 Draft

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is a coordinated network of observations, analysis and model data on past, present, and future states of the oceans and U.S. coastal waters. The IOOS functions include the systematic and efficient acquisition and distribution of observation data, data management and communications (DMAC), and data analyses and modeling related to oceans and coasts.


As a part of the IOOS implementation planning effort, the NOAA IOOS Program collected functional requirements from a variety of existing sources and compiled them into this single document. This IOOS High-Level Functional Requirements Document (HLFRD) will be used to assist developing more detailed documents as the program focuses its efforts in developing and deploying a National DMAC to serve all IOOS stakeholders.




November 2008 Draft

SECOORA has provided comments on this plan.

The NOAA IOOS Program and the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Observations (IW-GOO) are charged with leading the inter-agency coordination to establish IOOS, is focusing on obtaining a DMAC (Data Management and Communications) subsystem (depending on the selected acquisition strategy this may be via integration of existing systems or purchase of varying levels of new technology and development). An efficient and effective DMAC subsystem is crucial because it will provide the services and infrastructure required to link observational data to the modeling, analysis, and decision-support services that will use the data to provide products to support national needs. Other NOAA offices and various federal and nonfederal partners are responsible for continuing and extending their current roles in management of observation and modeling and analysis products and services, including revising or building tools to capitalize on the expanding set of data that IOOS will provide.

This document describes the initial high-level Concept of Operations (ConOps) for the DMAC subsystem. The focus of the document is to define the functions and services that IOOS stakeholders desire the DMAC to perform. It does not address the technology or architecture of how it will perform those functions and services. NOAA is currently running a pilot project, the Data Integration Framework (DIF), to address some of the DMAC functionality and some of the technology issues.



National Operational Wave Observation Plan

November 2008 Draft

SECOORA has provided comments on this plan.

Nationwide, accurate, and sustainable wave observations have long been the goal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS) and National Weather Service (NWS), along with other Federal and state agencies, universities, local/commercial interests, and emergency/resource managers. This document presents a National Operational Wave Observation Plan, which was developed as an interagency effort coordinated by the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing (IOOS) Program and the USACE. The USACE worked in close partnership with NOAA’s National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) in developing the plan. The Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) contributed to the plan and facilitated the development process. The plan was written by a steering committee of authors.


High Frequency Radar-based National Surface Current Mapping Plan

December 2008 Draft

SECOORA has provided comments on this plan.

Ocean currents determine the movement of surface waters, providing critical information to support pollutant tracking, search and rescue, harmful algal bloom monitoring, navigation, and a number of other applications discussed in this report. However, existing oceanographic monitoring systems are insufficient to provide the level of detail required by scientists and forecasters to measure surface current speed and direction. In order for coastal forecasting to achieve the effectiveness and timeliness of weather forecasting and nowcasting, coastal managers and marine scientists require access to more densely distributed, near-real-time, current measurements. High frequency radar (known as “HF radar” or simply “HFR”) is recognized nationally as a cost-effective solution to augment the existing system of in situ measurements and as a means to accommodate needs for increased spatial and temporal resolution.

Requirements for ocean surface currents, derived from HF radar, have been emphasized in national and international reports including The National Strategy for Marine Transportation System: A Framework for Action (2008), the plan for A National Water Quality Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries (2006) provided to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, and the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, as a result of recommendations in Chapter 15 of the Final Report of the U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy (COP, 2004), The Integrated Global Observing Strategy: Report of the Coastal Theme Team (2006) and the First U. S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Development Plan (2006). Additionally, 34 programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have stated mission requirements for surface current observations. The United States IOOS community recognizes the need for a robust, national, ocean current monitoring capability that addresses diverse stakeholder needs in a more deliberate manner, providing high-density, near-real-time, round-the-clock coverage of the nation’s coastal waters. As a result, multiple partners from Federal agencies, IOOS Regional Associations (RAs) of coastal ocean observing systems, universities, and industry were assembled to develop an HFR-based National Surface Current Mapping Plan that provides a blueprint for building a viable, sustainable, and reliable network that provides timely monitoring and distribution of coastal current data to federal, state, and local governments, as well as the general public. The plan is structured to develop an initial network over a five-year period that includes maintaining existing radar sites, acquiring additional radar sites to fill high priority gaps, and improving data management, product development, and data/product delivery.

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