May 27, 2022

New Research Resource: OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean Data to Your Fingertips

From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management/NOAA:

A new, web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public, the opportunity to be an ocean explorer right from their own computer.

The new OceanReports web tool provides users specialized “ocean neighborhood analyses” including maps and graphics by analyzing more than 100 ocean datasets instantaneously.

U.S. ocean waters comprise nearly four million square miles and are one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world. Now, when you outline any area in the U.S. EEZ using the OceanReports app, you can get detailed information about habitats and species, industries at work, potential hazards such as undersea cables or shipwrecks, economic value of ocean commerce, and detailed oceanographic information.


And while OceanReports provides a fountain of data for use by industry and science, it is still easy enough to use in the classroom to help students studying biology, chemistry, geography and even other disciplines like economics.

Learn More, Read the Complete Release Announcement

Direct to OceanReports

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