Supporting Indigenous Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change


What excites me about this project is bringing together diverse partners to support historically underserved Indigenous coastal communities to own and operate wave buoys that they steward, assisted by ocean scientists, fostering a community of practice.

Dr. Jan Newton
Executive Director, NANOOS, Project Investigator


Indigenous coastal communities continue to explore, rely upon, and caretake the ocean as their backyards for food and cultural practices, as they have since time immemorial.

Melissa Iwamoto
Director, PacIOOS, Project Investigator


This project has the ability to bridge local Indigenous knowledge and scientific data collection, making the information needed for ocean safety decisions more accessible.

Fuiava Bert Fuiava
Samoan Village Chief, NPAS, Project Partner

Collaborative Efforts of Backyard Buoys: Uniting U.S. IOOS Associations, Indigenous Partners, Ocean Wave Buoy Developers, and Educational Entities

Pacific Northwest:

Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Western Washington University


Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science, Alaska Dept of Natural Resources, Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program

Pacific Islands:

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), Marshall Islands Conservation Society, National Park of American Samoa, Hawai'i Sea Grant, Conservation International Hawai'i

Industry Partners:

Sofar Ocean, South Seas Consulting, Weston Solutions

Backyard Buoys: A Geographical Overview of Our Buoy Locations.

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