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About NOAA OceanWatch - Central Pacific

The origins of CoastWatch began in 1987 when satellite sea surface temperature data were used to diagnose events that led to an unusual harmful algal bloom in coastal North Carolina. Today, CoastWatch is a cross-NOAA program headquartered within NOAA National Environmental and Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division with Regional Nodes housed in the other NOAA mission Line Offices.

Three pillars underpin the success of CoastWatch:
  • CoastWatch Central Operations
  • a Research and Applications team
  • Regional Nodes throughout the USA and embedded in different NOAA line offices
The Regional Nodes are direct links to understand and address the needs and requirements of a wide range of stakeholders within and external to NOAA. Each Node has a federal manager and an operations manager tasked with distributing relevant data products, work with users on specific applications, and organize training courses to build capacity in each region.

NOAA CoastWatch helps people access and make sense of satellite data for use in coastal and ocean applications.

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 Islands 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
  • Capacity Building and User Training
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.