The Oregon Explorer uses the power of today’s cutting edge information technology to create a state-of-the-art web-accessible natural resources digital library by accessing and integrating data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists and citizens to support informed decisions and actions by people concerned with Oregon’s natural resources and environment. The Oregon Explorer is a project of the OUS Institute for Natural Resources and Oregon State University Library.

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS), is a tool for easy access to data. NVS gathers data across a wide range of assets such as buoys, shore stations, and coastal land-based stations. Never before available downloads and visualizations are provided in a consistent format. This tool makes it possible to access plots and data for almost all in-situ assets for the previous 30-day period.

AccessThe Oregon Coastal Access Inventory is a detailed and accurate description of all public beach access points in Coastal Oregon. Under state mandate the public must have access to it's beaches and the local counties (where appropriate) are obligated to provide and maintain such access.

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) monitors selected Oregon coastal recreation waters for the presence of fecal bacteria, and reports elevated levels to the public. The OBMP is funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, is administered by the Department of Human Services and collaborates with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The Department of Product and Systems engineering Design at the University of the Aegean (Greece) has developed an interesting service called MarineTraffic. The system provides information about the current geographical positions of ships. The provided information on a ships position and identity originate directly from the ships themselves, which transmit this information through public radio frequencies using the ‘Automatic Identification System’ (AIS).

NOAA Tides & Currents is delivered by NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and provides access to the national infrastructure, science, and technical expertise to monitor, assess, and distribute tide, current, water level, and other coastal oceanographic products and services that support environmental stewardship and environmental assessment and prediction.

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection contains over 20,000 maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day. The Collection includes some of the nation's earliest nautical charts, hydrographic surveys, topographic surveys, geodetic surveys, city plans and Civil War battle maps. The Collection is a rich primary historical archive and a testament to the artistry of copper plate engraving technology of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Ocean Motion website provides resources developed for inquiring minds both in and outside the classroom, for reading level grades 9-12.  Included is a comprehensive review of the surface circulation of Earth’s ocean and classroom investigations appropriate for various disciplines at the high school level.


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