IOOS advances technology through the transition of ocean, coastal, and marine sensors and platforms to operations.


NOAA Awards $11.6 Million for Harmful Algal Bloom Research

Ocean Service Announcement of OTT Grants

Rock Point Oyster Company Shellfish Farm in Quilcene, WA. Photo credit: Jenifer Rhoades, IOOS.

Rock Point Oyster Company Shellfish Farm in Quilcene, WA. Photo credit: Jenifer Rhoades, IOOS.

Mission: The IOOS Ocean Technology Transition program sponsors the transition of emerging marine observing technologies, for which there is an existing operational requirement and a demonstrated commitment to integration and use by the ocean observing community, to operational mode.

Vision: Transitioning marine observing technology to operations will result in improved ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing capabilities that are critical for helping us understand our ocean, coastal, and marine environments and improve environmental intelligence for decision making.


Toxic Karenia brevis stains the water off South Padre Island, Texas, a rusty red. Credit: Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife.HABs and HYPOXIA
IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Program has supported efforts to address two water quality issues: Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) and Hypoxia. More >>

Nutrient monitoring sites throughout the NortheastANIMAL BORNE SENSORS
Animal telemetry is the science of elucidating the movements and behavior of animals as they move through the world’s oceans, coastal rivers, estuaries and great lakes. More >>

Oysters on the farmOCEAN ACIDIFICATION
The ocean chemistry of the seawater is rapidly changing, affecting animal growth, survival and behavior, and depleting the ocean of calcium carbonate, a nutrient vital for shellfish to build shells. More >>

The ability to observe physical oceanographic variables such as sea surface currents, temperature, salinity, external and internal tides, and surface waves support a vast array of stakeholders and missions. More >>

Project Information

Current Projects (* indicates FY20 projects)

Building Coupled Storm Surge and Wave Operational Forecasting Capacity for Western Alaska

Data Integration and Web-based Model Validation Tool for NOAA CO-OPS

Transitioning Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms Early Warning System to Sustainable Operational Form

Unmanned Surface Vehicle for Autonomous Hypoxia Monitoring *

Advancing and integrating animal-borne tags into regional ocean observatories in the Northwest Atlantic  *

Technology Transfer of a Surface pCO2 Flux Instrument for Autonomous Platform Applications *

Real-time Monitoring of the Impact of Observing Systems on Ocean Analysis - Forecast Systems in Support of U.S. IOOS

Operationalizing Real-Time Telemetry Onboard Commercial Fishing Vessels in the Northeast

Launching WebCOOS: Webcams for Coastal Observations and Operational Support *

Autonomous Offshore HAB Sampling Surveys with the OceanAero Triton in the Pacific Northwest *

Software Tools for the Mitigation of Wind Turbine Interference in the U.S. IOOS Network *

Past Projects

Pacific Ocean Acidification Project

Gulf of Maine Environmental Sensor Processor Deployment to Support HAB Detection

Detecting Harmful Algal Blooms in the Pacific Northwest

Imaging Flow CytoBot Data Integration

Tracking Ocean Alkalinity using New Carbon Measurement Technologies (TAACT)

Enhancing Pacific OA Observing

Northeastern United States Nutrient Observatory

Detecting Arctic Ice Freeze Up

Hawaii Shark Tagging Project

Transitioning IFCB for Harmful Algal Bloom Mitigation and Research


Frequently Asked Questions

2020 OTT Funding Opportunity FAQs


Seattle Times, Scientists launch ‘ocean robot’ to test Washington waters for shellfish toxins [May, 2016]

Miami Herald, Ocean 'robot' to help identity toxic algae off Washington [May 2016]

Hakai Institute Deploys Canada's First Burke-o-later to Monitor Ocean Acidification [April, 2016]

Pacific Northwest OTT HAB buoy featured on Seattle, WA local news station KING5 [June, 2015]

Operational Nutrient Observatory in the Northeast featured in National Water Quality Monitoring Council's 10th edition of "National Water Monitoring News" [May, 2015]

FY17 Projects Announcement [September, 2017]

FY15 Projects Announcement [August, 2015]

Pacific Ocean Acidification Portal Launched [October, 2014]

FY14 Projects Announcement [September, 2014]

FY13 Projects Announcement [September, 2013]