The ocean enterprise - for profit and not for profit businesses which support ocean measurement, observation and forecasting - is a critical component of maritime commerce and the blue economy. These businesses develop the infrastructure necessary to generate new data and to work with publicly available data to deliver value-added products and services to ensure the safe, responsible, and successful running of maritime commerce. From the instruments that make strides in ocean observing every day to the app that tells a tourist whale-watching expedition if today is a safe day to go out, the ocean enterprise is a significant component of maritime industry. The Ocean Enterprise is rarely recognized as its own because the work they do is widely distributed across a range of disciplines not typically classified as maritime operations. The objective of its publication is to raise visibility and awareness of this important industry cluster, and to better understand of its linkages with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) program.
Providers of infrastructure including:
Manufacturers of sensors, instruments and platforms
Those building, deploying and operating observing systems
Providers of the data infrastructure that manages and communicates ocean data
Organizations that develop and maintain the data management systems, software tools and models that are used to turn these data into useful information
Identifying more than 400 firms in the United States as operating in the sphere of Ocean Enterprise.
This includes businesses inland (e.g. Nebraska, Kansas, and Montana) all contributing to the ocean enterprise, but not previously captured by regional studies.
The Ocean Enterprise generated $7 billion (USD) in revenue annually
86% of businesses have been operating 5 or more years in the Ocean Enterprise. More than 54% of them expect growth in their Ocean Enterprise business in the next year.
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