Estimating Economic Benefits from NOAA PORTS(Trade Name) Information: A Case Study of the Columbia River Report uri icon


  • This report estimates the economic benefits derived from the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS(Trademark)) installation on the Columbia River. The primary vehicle for the dissemination and use of Columbia River PORTS(Trademark) information is the LOADMAX system of river stage (water level) forecasts. We will refer to the system in this report as LOADMAX/PORTS(Trademark). Sources of economic benefit from Columbia River LOADMAX/PORTS(Trademark) information include: Improved efficiency of the maritime transportation system on the Columbia River due to deeper loading of vessels and reduced transit delays; Reduced risk of groundings, collisions, and allisions for maritime traffic on the Columbia River; Improved environmental/ecological planning and analysis, including hazardous material spill response and river flow management/flood warnings.

publication date

  • 2010