The West Coast Ocean Data Portal

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.

You can visit the West Coast Ocean Data Portal here.

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The West Coast Ocean Data Network

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.

If you wish to participate you can fill out and return our West Coast Ocean Data Network Statement of Support here.

Click to join the West Coast Ocean Data Network listserv.

Click here to ask questions, provide feedback, or contribute your data. 


West Coast Ocean Data Portal Action Coordination Team 

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal Action Coordination Team (WCODP ACT) is a group of dedicated individuals representing organizations, agencies, and tribes from around the West Coast who act as a steering committee that works with the WCGA Executive Committee and other WCGA ACTs to develop the WCODP ACT Workplan, manage and apply for grant funds, and guide the progress of the Network Working Groups. 

Andy Lanier, Co-Chair, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD)  

Steve Steinberg, Co-Chair, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)   

Regional Data Framework ACT members (from left) Todd Hallenbeck, Liz O'Dea, Matt Armsby, Laura Engeman, Charles Steinback, Samantha Murray, Joel Shinn, Rachel Rodriguez, Chris Romsos, Jim Power, Rex Sanders, Tanya Haddad, Tim Doherty, Emilio Mayorga (front row) Andy Lanier, Steve Steinberg (not pictured) Jan Newton, Greg Benoit, Jena Carter, Jennifer Patterson

Liz O'Dea, Washington Dept. of Ecology (WDE)

Greg Benoit, California Coastal Commission (CCC)

Tim Doherty, NOAA Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC)

Tanya Haddad, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD)  

Jennifer Patterson, Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)

Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) 

Jim Power, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Rachel Rodriguez, Yurok Tribe

Chris Romsos, Oregon State University (OSU)

Rex Sanders, US Geological Survey (USGS) 

Joel Shinn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)  

Charles Steinback, Point 97

Jena Carter, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)