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Mooring data

SOOS needs your help!

  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , SOOS Data Officer
  • August 2016

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.

We have developed a preliminary map of the locations of all known Southern Ocean moorings (available here) with links to the data repositories, where these are known. Please take a look and if you spot any errors or know of historic or current moorings that are not in the map, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have data that needs processing, help is now available. The Data Management Sub-Committee (DMSC) has won a grant through the USA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, thanks to the efforts of Pip Bricher, committee member Florence Fetterer, and our colleague Melissa Zweng. This grant will allow a student to be hired to help bring more mooring data into the light. This student will work with data owners to document and format their data ready for archiving in an appropriate repository. If you have mooring data that’s waiting for someone on your team to have time to archive it properly, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can arrange for our student to take this task off your desk.

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