Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) among other tools are providing a ways to observe and protect resources and shipping in the Gulf of Mexico. The fisheries, energy, and port activities here are a gold mine economically and ecologically according to a U.S. representative. The observation system will help protect and manage the Gulf’s resources and the population that is dependent on it.
The observation tools include Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®), and GPS Continually Operating Reference Systems (CORS) and are being organized through local, federal, and state partnerships for providing accurate information related to weather and navigation. The ports, fishing, and energy resources provide millions of jobs and generate millions of dollars economically. Texas, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana will benefit from these observation systems.
The CORs stations are funded by organizations such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geodetic Survey forming a partnership with Gulf Coast Spatial Reference Consortium and formed as an amalgamation with cooperation from institutes in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
The CORs stations will aide in coastal mapping, restoration and surveying, and flood protection. These tools will help to gauge sea levels and provide data about real time information about water density, and storm details crucial to the security to the area. The region is low lying and important due to growing population, energy security, and vital to economic growth. The region annually generates approximately $234 billion. There are about 14 million people living and working in this area and the observation stations can provide valuable information that can help in protecting assets and lives in this area.