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Field Operations Division

The Field Operations Division (FOD) operates and maintains all of CO-OPS oceanographic and Great Lakes observing systems required to meet our numerous mission objectives. These station data are used for daily decision making as well as setting policy in multiple areas including: maritime and navigation safety, sea level rise, port development, and coastal management.

Maintaining the continuous operation of more than 400 water level and meteorological stations along the U.S. coastline requires extensive travel, and a variety of technical skill-sets such as: geodetic surveying, scuba diving, marine construction, electronics and instrumentation troubleshooting & repair.

The Division has two Branches consisting of three facilities: Atlantic Operations Branch (AOB) located in Chesapeake, VA and in Pensacola, FL, and the Pacific Operations Branch (POB) located in Seattle, WA.


Revised: 08/08/2018
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Web site owner: Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services