Southern Ocean mooring data are crucial for understanding climatic and oceanographic dynamics, as they provide the only source of how oceanographic variables change in the frequency domain; that is, how things vary over different time periods. Because they are so useful, most countries that conduct research in the Southern Ocean have deployed moorings over the years. Those data are now stored in a wide variety of data repositories. Other data sets are still sitting on researchers’ hard drives, and are effectively undiscoverable, and therefore of limited value. SOOS is trying to fix this, and we need your help.
Figure 1: Map of Southern Ocean mooring locations. Red = currently deployed, yellow = retrieved, grey = unknown deployment status, white = failed, turquoise = planned.