The new marine web portal will
integrate Real-Time Data from Eight Major Providers at One Marine Site,
The Carolinas' Coast Marine Web Portal, a new experimental website that
integrates real-time marine data from eight major providers will be
launched by NOAA's National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.,
Morehead City, N.C., Charleston, S.C., NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center,
University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina at
Wilmington's Center for Marine Science, on April 2, 2007.

The site current integrates data from the following providers: National
Weather Service (NWS); National Ocean Service; National Data Buoy
Center; Coastal Ocean Research Monitoring Program; Carolina's Coastal
Ocean Observing and Prediction System Stations, that are owned and
operated by the University of South Carolina and North Carolina State
University; United State Geological Survey, Federal Aviation
Administration, Department of Defense, and The Skidaway Institute of

"At the National Weather Service we are always striving to provide our
customers and partners with the most innovative and useful water,
weather and climate information to help save lives and property," said
NOAA's NWS John Guiney, chief, Meteorological Services. "The Carolinas'
Coast Marine Web Portal provides our customers with one-site to easily
obtain all the marine data they need to safely chart their course along
the Carolina coastline," he continued.

The Carolinas' Coast Marine Web Portal is an experimental product to
test new methods in delivering both NOAA source data and data from
partners in a web application that integrates both meteorological and
geographic information.

Funding affiliates for this project were the Southeast Atlantic Coastal
Ocean Observing System, Southeast Costal Ocean Observing Regional
Association, and South Carolina Sea Grant.

"We are really excited about this integrative approach that provides
mariners everything they might need for safe passage all at one site. We
are inviting our customers and partners to view the portal and provide
their comments by September 30, 2007. This will allow us to evaluate
this product and its future development to best meet needs of the
mariner community," said NOAA's NWS Michael Caropolo,
meteorologist-in-charge, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Carolinas' Coast Marine Web Portal provides access to current
observations, land and sea surface temperatures, official NWS five day
forecasts and warnings, radar data, wind speeds and directions, wind
gusts, air pressure and coastal bathymetry for a distance of 250
nautical miles from the Carolina coastline. Web users will easily find
the right transmission frequency for NOAA's All-Hazard Weather Radio
anywhere along the coast of the Carolinas.
All data is available in text and graphical formats and different
datasets may be overlaid on the geographic map providing a comprehensive
view of the weather.

This is an experimental product and availability and content of the web
portal may change at any time. Users are cautioned that the National
Weather Service is not responsible for non-NOAA data and should use
official National Weather Service forecasts and advisories for their
critical weather needs.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the
U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and
service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast
in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and
the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America’s
scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

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