Marine Science Associates, Inc.

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Oceanographic Services and Meeting Planning

Marine Science Associates, Inc.
Oceanographic Services
Maritime Forensics
Meeting Planning and Facilitation

Marine Science Associates, Inc. is a for-profit Florida corporation founded in 1998 by faculty from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science ( as a vehicle to bring the scientific expertise of the college to bear on real-world problems in the private sector. Our specialties include safety and security of maritime transportation system operations and infrastructure, operational ocean observing systems, hydrodynamic numerical modeling of ocean and estuarine circulation, and monitoring of estuarine and coastal ecosystems, as well as meeting planning and facilitation. In addition, we can draw upon the skills and resources of other marine science faculty as needed for specialized applications.  MSAI is not affiliated with the University of South Florida.

MSAI provides management services for the Tampa Bay Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (TB-PORTS; see in collaboration with the NOAA National Ocean Service and the university. TB-PORTS is a network of oceanographic and meteorological sensors in and around Tampa Bay that are telemetered continuously by radio and distributed to the maritime community and the general public in real-time via the web and other electronic means. PORTS data are used for safe navigation of the bay by commercial and recreational interests and for environmental protection. MSAI has provided oceanographic services for Tampa Bay Water, Tampa Bay Desalination Systems LLC, PBS&J, Standard Concrete Products, Tampa Bay Pilots Association, Carnival Cruise Lines, Woods Hole Group, Nova Southeastern University, ENSR, Mote Marine Lab, The Boeing Company, Janicki Environmental, TECO Energy, HSW Engineering, the Suwannee River Water Management District, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the City of Jacksonville, Mosaic Phosphates, Lewis Environmental Services, Moore & Company PA, Collins Law Group, and Marine Desalination Systems LLC, among others. We have provided support for conferences, meetings, and workshops since 1990 for various marine-related organizations, including the Estuarine Research Federation, the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, the American Geophysical Union, The Oceanography Society, The Coastal Society, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

MSAI provides development, installation, operation, and maintenance of ocean observing system instrumentation and numerical modeling systems through a network of subcontractors. MSAI operates 5 vessels from 10 ft to 31 ft with experienced US Coast Guard licensed captains to support field operations in coastal and estuarine waters.


Modeled estuarine residence time for Tampa Bay


MSAI docks on Tampa Bay



Middle Tampa Bay real-time observing tower