Ocean temperature and salinity has been recorded daily at Bodega Marine Laboratory for over 50 years, and for a couple of decades additional data on winds, chlorophyll, weather and currents have been collected. BML is a leading member of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System, and the regional association Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS). Data are displayed and available via the Bodega Ocean Observing Node (BOON). In addition to the operational system that includes a permanent mooring a mile offshore and provides hourly surface data at distances over 100 miles offshore, BML provides leadership in the use of these data to better understand the ocean, specifically relating new insights to ecology and environmental science. These areas of coastal oceanography research are all highly interdisciplinary and include other BML researchers, campus faculty, and researchers from other institutions.