Ocean Conditions
Ocean Conditions

"Oh the waves crash in and the tide pulls out
It's an angry sea but there is no doubt
That the lighthouse will keep shining out
To warn the lonely sailor"

Ready for the Storm
Kathy Mattea

The status of the ocean on a day-to-day basis is of critical importance to much of the ocean community, whether they are lone sailors out on the sea, researchers studying the ocean, people playing in the ocean or workers doing business on the ocean.  The links on this page mark a beginning in providing access to basic information about ocean conditions.

NOAA's National Data Buoy Center provides global coverage of ocean buoys.
    NOAA's Marine Forecast Map provides marine forecasts including a number of variables.

    NOAA's NowCoast includes many marine condition variables.

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center provides information about the extent of sea ice in the Arctic.

    The Port of San Diego's site shows real -time San Diego Bay wind, current and tides.

    The U.S. Navy provides complete sun and moon positions for one day.

    NOAA's National U.S. Tide Map shows tides and other information at locations around the country, including Alaska and Hawaii.

    Ocean Observations Panel for Climate Change presents ocean climate indices that can be linked to major patterns of climate variability.

    The following links provide access to ocean conditions provided by a group of research organizations that are part of the National Federation of Regional Ocean Observing Systems.

    • Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PACOOS)
    • Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
    • Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)
    • Southern California Coastal Observing System  (SCCOOS)
    • Central California Coastal Ocean Observing System (CENCOOS)
    • Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)
    • CaribbeanSoutheast Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)
    • Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)
    • Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)
    • Northeastern Regional Associations of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)
    • Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
    Surf Forecast Sites



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    Whether its big surf, water temperature changes, incoming weather, or just knowing the tides, an understanding of ocean conditions is critical. Many sources are available across the planet. The collection to the left is just a start.

    Suggested Ocean Condition Sites

    The links on the left will take you to some sites that provide information about ocean conditions in the U.S.  If you have suggestions for a site that provides information about ocean conditions that we should add to the list*, please let us know by filling out this form!

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    * We are particularly interested in international sites that reveal information about the following ocean conditions:

    Water Movement


    Physical Conditions
    Sea Surface Temperature