The West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP) is a project of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people to better inform regional resource management, policy development, and ocean planning.
The Portal will inform priority West Coast ocean issues such as tracking sources and patterns of marine debris, adaptation to sea-level rise, understanding impacts of ocean acidification on our coasts, and marine planning.
The Portal links existing data systems together to provide an easy to use gateway to discover ocean and coastal data. Coastal decision-makers, researchers, and stakeholders use the Portal to access data and decision-support tools they need to understand and address high-priority regional issues. The Portal will soon include tools to help coastal managers track marine debris to help prioritize clean ups and advocate for policies to reduce the impact of trash on our beaches.
The West Coast Ocean Data Network is dedicated to increasing communication between state and federal agencies, tribes, universities, NGOs, and industry to leverage resources for new data collection, develop data best management practices, conduct trainings, and ensure compatibility of regional datasets.
The Network is open to anyone interested in sharing ocean and coastal data. The Network is comprised of three working groups: Data, IT, and Outreach each providing guidance on the Portal activities and making sure we are adopting current standards, compatible technologies, and communicating our mission and goals effectively.