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$30 MILLION ANNUAL BENEFIT PREDICTED FROM GULF OF MAINE OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM
The potential annual economic benefits of a planned coastal and ocean observing system for the Gulf of Maine could exceed $30 million, according to a new study commissioned by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Navy's Office of Naval Research.
The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) would use the latest observing and information technologies to produce and transmit real-time or near-real-time, continuous observations of winds, currents, and other information about the Gulf of Maine.
GoMOOS is being developed under the auspices of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, an organization of federal agencies, industry, and academic groups charged by Congress with addressing national needs such as ocean observing systems. The NOPP Leadership Council is co-chaired by Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, retired Navy VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher.
"Advanced observing systems like GoMOOS are critical to the nation because they enhancing our ability to make better decisions about life and safety while providing significant economic benefits," Lautenbacher said.
The NOAA/Navy sponsored study was undertaken by Dr. Hauke Kite-Powell at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Marine Policy Center and Professor Charles Colgan at the University of Southern Maine.
The overall amounts of dollar benefits were determined by examining the five major user groups of GoMOOS information and how they would benefit from products originating from the new observing system. They include:
Efforts to develop sustained ocean observing systems are underway at the global, regional, national, and sub-national levels. An international coordinating organization for the Global Ocean Observing System was formed in 1991. The U.S. portion of GOOS is under the auspices of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program.
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources.
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