Data Resources for Educators

NERACOOS delivers real-time ocean and weather information, ocean forecasts, and long-term ocean information in the Northeast that supports and enhances maritime commerce, safety, management, research, and education. To learn more about ocean observing in the Northeast, visit our About Ocean Observing Systems page.

In this video, learn about ocean buoys, how they work, and why they are important for ocean observing.

Regional Collaboration

NERACOOS provides information that helps audiences develop their own understanding of the ocean's influence on weather and climate and the relationship between oceans and humans. This ocean literacy is critical to sustaining our ocean and coastal regions. NERACOOS works with our partners to create ocean literacy by providing sponsorship to the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) biennial Ocean Literacy Summit, which provides a unique opportunity for educators, scientists, and decision makers to gather for networking, presentations, and hands-on workshops that highlight educator-scientist collaborations. 

This year, NERACOOS is one of the sponsors of the National Marine Educator's Association (NMEA) 2019 Annual Conference taking place at the University of New Hampshire in July. NMEA is a dedicated, influential member-based origanization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of freshwater and marine ecosystems. Each year the conference is hosted by a regional chapter of NMEA and is a great way to participate in programs, go on local field trips, learn about the latest trends and reasearch in marine education, and connect and collaborate with other educators and scientists.

NERACOOS is also home to the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN). NECAN represents a nexus of scientists, federal and state resources managers, and marine industry partners dedicated to coordinating and guiding regional observing, research, and modeling edneavers focused on ocean and coastal acidification (OCA). One of the roles of NECAN is to educate the public and stakeholders on regional OCA issues. On the NECAN website you wil be able to find some great information on what ocean and coastal acidification is, and how it affects the Northeast region.

Have a question or want to learn more? Contact the NERACOOS staff, we're always happy to help!

Downloadable Lesson Plans and Worksheets

Buoy Definitions
A list of common terms that students will come across when looking at buoy stations and their data.

Buoy Observations
Give students a look at real-time data and show how each location in the ocean is different by graphing the data on this worksheet. This will allow students to question why each buoy collects data and how locations differ.

This worksheet will give students a chance to 'adopt' a buoy of their choice and monitor it over an extended period of time. In doing so, students can gain an understanding of the importance of buoy observations and monitoring data over time.

NERACOOS Educational Resources

Real-Time Data Portal
This interactive map shows the latest weather and ocean observations, including wind speed and direction, wave height and period, air and water temperature, visibility, air pressure, salinity, and more. 

Graphing and Download Tool
This tool provides each access to data on past conditions that can be viewed and analyzed.


A tool that allows mobile access to the lastest weather and ocean observations.


Another tool which brings the lastest weather and ocean observations right to your phone.


Wave Height and Direction Forecast
These graphs depict predicted wave conditions across the Gulf of Maine 48 hours in the future.


Coastal Flooding and Erosion Forecast
A decision support tool that uses forecasts of water level and waves to predict coastal damage.


Ocean Surface Currents
These maps show the speed and direction of currents based on data from high-frequency radar.


Ocean Climatology
An interactive tool that displays the average ocean and weather conditions from buoy locations throughout the Northeast.


Satellite Images
A 'big picture' view of ocean conditions in the Northeast.


Other Regional Observing Systems Educational Resources

Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)

Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)

Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)

Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)

Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)

Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)

Other Educational Resources in the Northeast

Maine Department of Marine Resources (Maine DMR), Education Division
Maine Sea Grant

New Hampshire:
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES), Coastal Program
New Hampshire Sea Grant

New England Aquarium (NEAQ), Professional Development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant

Rhode Island:
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management (RI CRMC), Education and Outreach
Rhode Island Sea Grant

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmenatl Protection (CT DEEP), Educator Workshops
Connecticut Sea Grant

New York:
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC), Education
New York Sea Grant