Effective September 16, 2014, the Galveston Bay Operational Forecast System (GBOFS) will be decommissioned. At that time, nowcast and forecast data for the Galveston Bay will become available from a new high resolution Northwestern Gulf of Mexico OFS (NWGOFS) which is nested to the Northern Gulf of Mexico Operational Forecast System (NGOFS). Also, at that time, we ask that you update your saved links to Galveston Bay nowcast and forecast data as well as to the THREDDS Data servers, where access NetCDF files is available.
On June 30, 2004, ship traffic in Galveston Bay, Texas, gained a new tool to assist in safe navigation. The Galveston Bay Operational Forecast System (GBOFS), created by NOAA's National Ocean Service, provides mariners, port managers and emergency response teams with present and future conditions of water levels, currents, temperature and salinity.
GBOFS "nowcast" (for present conditions) and "forecast" (for future conditions) products are generated by a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model that uses real-time and forecast data to predict this information at thousands of locations throughout Galveston Bay. The information GBOFS provides assists port managers and shippers in making decisions regarding maximum tonnage and passage times without compromising safety. For more information, click here.