MARACOOS OceansMap is a dynamic data visualization tool integrating near real-time observational assets and model forecasts that contribute to ocean monitoring in the Mid-Atlantic region. OceansMap is a web-based met-ocean data and emergency response simulation system. It consists of a GIS-based graphical user interface, a spatial database and web services from OceansMap Server. The web-interface allows users and groups to manage, visualize and analyze a variety of met-ocean data including operational model and in-situ observation data. It can also be used to set up different oil or chemical spill scenarios, run a trajectory and weathering model and visualize the results of the model. The trajectory models can seamlessly access the latest global and regional wind and current data hosted in OceansMap Server or from RPS’ EDS. The system also includes interactive GIS features and tools to manage spill response planning activities and assets.

Key Details

Project Name



Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)


Mid-Atlantic region of the Atlantic Ocean


  • Flooding and drainage
  • Oil and gas
  • Renewables
  • Security and safety
  • Information and telecommunications

Services Provided

  • Data management and analysis
  • Spatial intelligence and GIS
  • Software Development

Applications for MARACOOS OceansMap:

  • Fast Contingency planning
  • Common Operational Picture
  • Online Asset Management
  • Online Data Sharing
  • Met-Ocean Analysis
  • Hindcast/forecast of spill response
  • Response Resource Management
  • Geomatics Data Management

Types of Data:

  • Wind
  • Water Level
  • Waves
  • Water Temperature
  • Currents
  • Active Tropical Cyclones
  • Animal Tracking
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Chesapeake Bay Portal

The Chesapeake Bay portal is a version of MARACOOS OceansMap specifically designed for the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to local observations the Chesapeake Bay portal includes data from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as well as the ChesROMS Hypoxia Model. Developed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and partners this model predicts when and where low-oxygen or “hypoxic” conditions may form.


Project Statistics

glider days
data services
TB of data
forecast models

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