It is imperative to have an oceanic observation system that allows constant perception of the ocean’s conditions, the marine life, the threats to society, and the economic, recreational and social benefit opportunities. This comprehensive observation system has to document the changes in these aspects and feed prediction programs that help us make informed decisions.
Technological advancements allow for such systems equipped with satellites, buoys, unmanned vehicles and radars. These, coupled with computer software and numeric models promise to give us a constant and integrated vision of the ocean.
In the region of the Caribbean, constituted by the archipelagos of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island, researchers of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and the University of the Virgin Islands, in collaboration with State agencies, educational institutions, private companies and individuals are looking to establish the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA) and the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Observing System (CarICOOS).