Case Studies

Real world examples that highlight how ocean planning is helping people and government do their jobs better.


How data helped establish the first offshore mussel farm in the federal waters of the Atlantic.

Fisherman's Memorial Gloucester, MA

Block Island Wind

Ocean planning helps make U.S. offshore wind a reality


 Cape Cod Buoy 

Comprehensive data of ocean users helped find the best site for a new wave-monitoring buoy to aid safety at sea.

Buoys used to support scientific instruments at sea are seen in the foreground prior to being loaded onboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's research vessel Knorr, seen in the background, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Woods Hole, Mass. Knorr is scheduled to depart on Sept. 6 to take part in the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS). The NASA-sponsored expedition will sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers and how these variations are related to shifts in rainfall patterns around the planet. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists share their data on whales and other marine mammals around New York Harbor to help make informed decisions and protect wildlife.


 Communities At Sea

For the first time, ocean users can link important information like critical fishing grounds and home ports to reduce conflict and maximize benefits for one of America’s greatest natural resources.

 United States Coast Guard

Easily accessible shipping data on regional data portals is cutting risks and reducing conflict among ocean users

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Forward waits off the Florida coast for an MH-65 Jayhawk helicopter crew to return from an evening mission Sept. 12, 2017. The crew completed a 60-day patrol in October, after conducting hurricane response and relief efforts across the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brian Field/Released)

For more case studies check out the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals