NERACOOS Ocean and Weather Climate Display Tool

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Kim Little

Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has been collecting data from buoys throughout the Gulf of Maine and compiling it into an easy to use graphing tool. This online tool allows you to find and quickly graph data on water temperature, water density, salinity, air temperature, barometric pressure, wind gust, and wind speed from 2001 to 2013. The graph will allow you to compare data on a daily or monthly basis to the average and range from 2001-2012 at a given location. To get started…

1)   Go to

2)   Choose which buoy location you would like to look at

3)   Choose which type of data you would like to graph (water temp, salinity, etc)

4)   Choose whether you would like to see it on a daily or monthly basis

5)   If you would like to see the data being used, click on “view climatology data table” under the graph


Here are some ways you can use this tool:

1)   Compare graphs of any data type and look for trends or anomalies.

  1. Why are these trends occurring? What we can learn from this data? What impacts might these have?
  2. What might have caused these anomalies? What might the impact be?

2)   Look at the graph of water temperature (1m) from 2012.

  1. What do you notice? What might that mean for the Gulf of Maine?
  2. Look at news stories from 2012, what was happening in the Gulf of Maine?

3)   Give students the data table and ask them to graph the data.

  1. What story is the data telling us?

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