West Coast Ocean Data Portal

Cataloging, sharing, and visualizing ocean data and trends on the West Coast

Project partners:

   2013 – present

Kelp floating off the shores of Anacapa Island, one of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park off the coast of southern California. Photo credit: NOAA

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal was created to connect decision makers and ocean users to relevant ocean and coastal data. Bringing robust, diverse data together in one accessible location serves the needs of a multitude of users, including regional resource managers, policymakers, researchers, and city planners. Through the Portal, visitors can access data and visualize the intersections of a variety of high priority regional issues such as sources and patterns of marine debris, adaptation to sea level rise, and understanding impacts of ocean acidification.

A screenshot of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal


Project Partners

A regional partnership focused on enhanced management and coordination for the ocean along the West Coast of the U.S.

Chumash Tomol ‘Elye’wun paddlers crossing at Santa Cruz Island, Calif., 2006. Photo credit: NOAA

The Seattle skyline as seen from Elliott Bay. Photo credit: NOAA

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30 +

Agencies & Orgs

providing data represented in the Portal

900 +

data records

curated and shared in the catalog

300 +

Map Layers

curated and shared in the visualizer



An update on the West Coast Ocean Alliance, the Regional Ocean Partnership for the West Coast region of the US, and its partner West Coast Ocean Data Portal, highlighting recent efforts supporting federal, tribal, and state co-management coordination around existing and emerging priority ocean management issues


The West Coast Ocean Data Portal is a project to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people to better inform regional resource management, policy development, and ocean planning.



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