NFRA is a non-profit organization formed by the Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing in support of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is a national program created to ensure the sustained observation of our nation’s coastal oceans and to develop information products from those observations to assist people in their lives and livelihoods. IOOS is both a national system and a network of regional systems. The NFRA missions are to:
- Develop Regional Associations for coastal and ocean observing to deliver scientific data and information on the nation’s oceans;
- Promote the integration and coordination the regional systems into a integrated national system to enhance observational and predictive abilities in ocean science;
- Develop regional programs through capacity building, exchange of technical information, and sharing of facilities and infrastructure; and
- Educate the public about ocean observing and its importance to the nation.