Alaska Sea Grant is collaborating with the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) to provide regional real-time information for maritime conditions through the AOOS data portal. Three “Mariner’s Dashboards” are now available, for Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, and the Kodiak region.
Real-time observations are key to decision-making, and each dashboard provides consolidated access to maritime conditions and forecasts. The dashboards provide real-time local buoy and onshore measurements of air temperature, barometric pressure, water level, waves, wave height and direction, maximum wave height, wave swell height and direction, swell period, wind, and wind gusts. Additional tabs provide direct links to the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) marine weather forecast and tide predictions. Users are able to designate their preferred units of measurement for individual data types.
The dashboards incorporate information from a diversity of sources to make them more accessible, including the NOAA National Data Buoy Center, the NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, USDA Snotel sites, Marine Exchange of Alaska weather stations, as well as others.
Information may be viewed on a map with individual parameters across the region, by specific reporting stations, or in a table that incorporates all parameters and stations. Station information includes both current and past data. The Mariner’s Dashboards are currently optimized for viewing from a computer, with the goal to improve them in the future for better viewing on mobile devices. AOOS and Alaska Sea Grant encourage you to explore and use the current dashboards. Please use the feedback tool or contact Jill Prewitt with comments or suggestions to improve this resource for boaters and coastal residents.