Products & Tools

This page is a resource to learn about products and tools that the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), in collaboration with its NOAA partners, has contributed to or provided support for their development or operation. These resources support research about the interconnections among Gulf of Mexico environments, habitats, resources, and people and decision-making based on those interconnections.



Ocean Acidification
Product Suite

offers tools to monitor ocean acidification over the wider Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, utilizing satellite data and a data-assimilative hybrid model to map the components of the carbonate system of surface water.

The National Water Model

is a hydrologic modelling framework that simulates observed and forecast streamflow over the entire continental U.S. at a very fine spatial and temporal scale.

Atmospheric River Analysis & Forecast System

is a high-resolution regional model for real-time forecasts of atmospheric rivers (weather phenomena that drive heavy rain events that often cause floods) for Northeast Pacific and Western North America.

Ensemble Sensitivity Technique for Atmospheric River Analysis

informs decision-making when planning for reconnaissance missions by identifying and suggesting areas for data collection flight paths.

Gulf of Mexico
Biogeochemical Model Outputs

contains surface patterns of temperature, salinity, total alkalinity, and dissolved inorganic carbon from 1981 to 2014 using the GoMBio model, a ROMS-based 8-km resolution ocean-biogeochemical model for the entire Gulf of Mexico.

‘Omics and Bioinformatics Products & Tools

Omics Data Portal

This Portal provides access to projects and data from the Omics program at the Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorology Laboratory (AOML). The Program promotes coral resilience, develops and transfers emerging technologies, advances Omics for fisheries and microbiome applications, and fosters the bioinformatics and infrastructure capabilities for Omics research.

Earth Microbiome Project (EMP)
Data Repository

describes how the EMP catalogue is generated and how to use it. The EMP dataset is generated from samples that individual researchers have compiled and contributed.

Tutorials for
Data Science & Bioinformatics

features tutorials and crash courses for common computing environments, programs, or languages that are useful for data science.

Tourmaline Bioinformatics Workflow Tool

allows rapid and reproducible analysis of amplicon sequence data that uses QIIME 2 and the software packages it wraps. Tourmaline manages commands, inputs, and outputs using the Snakemake workflow management system.

HUMAnN 2.0

is a pipeline for efficiently and accurately profiling the presence/absence and abundance of microbial pathways in a community from metagenomic or metatranscriptomic sequencing data. This process, referred to as functional profiling, aims to describe the metabolic potential of a microbial community and its members. More generally, functional profiling answers the question “What are the microbes in my community-of-interest doing (or capable of doing)?”


make printable QR code labels for samples using basic information about a project.


Global Microplastics
Database & Maps

collates microplastic data from across the globe to create maps and models to better understand their distribution and transportation across oceans, giving scientists and researchers a better understanding of microplastic’s impacts on human and marine health and the economy.

Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA)

integrates and synthesizes various real-time and static datasets into a single interactive map for fast visualization of situations that may adversely impact the environment and improves communication and coordination among responders and environmental stakeholders.

Deep Sea Corals Research & Technology Program Geodatabase

compiles the known locations of deep-sea corals and sponges in U.S. territorial waters and beyond. The comprehensive database is standardized, quality controlled, and networked to outside resources.


provides a search tool for datasets on seafloor mapping, waterborne pathogens, socioeconomic impacts on marine resources, fisheries, coral reefs, sea level rise, seabirds, water quality, benthic habitats, and more.

Okeanos Explorer Live Operations Map

tracks the operations of the Okeanos Explorer in near real time, and shares the ship's current location, the current cruise’s ship track, and daily bathymetric products.

Ocean Exploration Digital Atlas

Digital Atlas is an interactive map that provides access to an updated archive of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) data, information, and products including sonar, oceanographic, imagery, video, and collected specimen information that contribute greatly to scientific understanding of the world’s ocean.

Ocean Exploration ArcGIS Online Services Group

provides access to NCEI-managed OER geospatial data products to promote discovery, access, and reuse of ocean exploration data. This group includes data layers found within the Okeanos Explorer Live Operations Map and more.

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas

offers a map collection of the long-term physical, biological, environmental, economic, and living marine resource data that define the baseline conditions of Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Descriptions of each map topic, written by subject matter experts, explain how the data were gathered and how they affect Gulf of Mexico communities.

Coastal Ecosystem Maps

Coastal Ecosystem Maps integrate layers from the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas into a single environment that allows users to select and view datasets individually or simultaneously. Additional data layers include model data such as sea surface currents, overlays for bathymetry, location names and other contextual information.

GeoCoast3D Inundation Visualization & Decision-Support System

provides local and state decisionmakers as well as the coastal residents with a three-dimensional view of coastal flooding to examine the impact of rising water on infrastructure and traffic routes. Information available at

Harmful Algal BloomS Observing System (HABSOS)

provides mapping tools to track and observe current and historical harmful algal bloom events in the Gulf of Mexico. It represents the largest data set of Karenia brevis (toxic alga) concentrations in the region.

Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Watch

provides maps of near real-time bottom dissolved oxygen data to monitor hypoxic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. Data is collected during the NOAA Fisheries annual Summer Groundfish Survey as part of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP).

Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) Interactive Map

provides access to data collected from 2001 through the present and allows users to create custom queries for specific information on the 40 different species of phytoplankton included in the database.

Data Portals

Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting (DIVER) Tool

is an application for the integration and distribution of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) response, assessment, and restoration data as well as historical data collected from hazardous sites around the country.

Shipboard Automated Meteorological and Oceanographic System (SAMOS)

provides access to accurate, high-quality marine meteorological and near-surface oceanographic observations from research vessels and select voluntary observing ships.

Surface Underway Marine Database (SUMD) Portal

provides a comprehensive set of quality controlled, in situ measurements of sea surface salinity (SSS) and temperature (SST) collected from 490+ vessels and uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) from 1986 to the present. Also included are meteorological and microplastics data. This database enables assessments of global SST and SSS variability; analysis of patterns and trends at regional and temporal scales; and insights in climate change, the global water cycle, air-sea interaction, and more.

International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS)

offers a comprehensive and heterogeneous collection of surface marine data from 1662 to the present and simple gridded monthly summary products starting in 1800. Data contains observations from many different observing systems, reflecting the evolution of measurement technology.

Video Portal

provides access to thousands of hours of underwater video data collected by deep submergence vehicles. Products include previews of low-resolution clips, downloads of high-resolution videos, and video metadata which may include dive summaries, expedition summaries, and other associated content.

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Image Repository

provides imagery collected during UAS flights for several NGI/MSU projects. The collections include coastal imagery to support efforts of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, wetland imagery to study restoration efforts along the Gulf of Mexico, and flood imagery to study real-time conditions in the lower Mississippi River region and improve NOAA flood model forecasts.

Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia O2

provides access to data and products from annual hypoxia monitoring cruises conducted by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).

Coastal Hydrographic Water Column Data

is available as a continuous time series of temperature, salinity, depth, and current velocity collected from 2004 to the present from a small coastal ocean observing systems 25 kilometers southwest of Mobile Bay. This mooring operation represents the longest running time series of coastal hydrographic water column data in the Mississippi Bight and one of the longest in the entire Gulf of Mexico.