About NOAA OceanWatch - Central Pacific


Welcome to the NOAA OceanWatch - Central Pacific web page.

The NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch program, established with the support of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NOAA/NESDIS) is composed of two main parts:
  1. NOAA Coastwatch Central Operations
  2. NOAA Coastwatch/OceanWatch Regional Nodes
Specific data management and processing tasks are assigned to each region. There are CoastWatch nodes (West Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico), tasked with serving customized regional products for coastal areas, and OceanWatch nodes (Central Pacific, Atlantic and the soon-to-be PolarWatch node for the Arctic and Antarctic regions), focusing on basin-wide or global products.

NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch's mission is to "provide and ensure timely access to near real-time satellite data to protect, restore, and manage U.S. coastal and ocean resources and understand climate variability and change to further enhance society's quality of life."

OceanWatch - Central Pacific is based at the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our office acquires and processes satellite information and creates a variety of satellite data products for the Pacific Ocean region. In this manner we seek to serve as an updated source of daily regional and global satellite oceanographic observations. Anyone may access data free of charge.

Our satellite-based activities include:
  • Observation
  • Monitoring
  • Analysis
  • Data Distribution
To download data, visualize data online, or learn about remote sensing data and how to work with it, we invite you to explore the contents of our site.
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact the OceanWatch Operations Manager.