The Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) is a National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-funded project focused on:

  • Delivering real-time information products for ecosystem-based decision support, maritime safety, water quality, and coastal inundation in the Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB);
  • Establishing an integrated system of buoys, gliders, and an array of high frequency (HF) surface-current radars; and
  • Saving lives of those at sea as an official operational component of the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations System (SAROPS).

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MARACOOS has been able to achieve these successes in part due to its ability to leverage investments from the Coast Guard, Navy, National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NASA, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

MARACOOS is one of 11 regional associations in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS); its region is comprised of ten states, four major urban estuaries, a 1000 km-long continental shelf, abundant maritime commerce, and some of the most threatened fisheries in the U.S. MARACOOS is a joint effort with approximately 30 principal investigators from 20+ academic, governmental, and private institutions across the region.

CIT is a subcontractor to Rutgers University on the project and provides site support for five CIT-owned HF radars and one NOAA-owned radar along the Delmarva (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) coast that contribute data to the MARACOOS HF radar network.