SeaView: Bringing EarthCube to the Oceanographer

Karen I Stocks1, Stephen C Diggs2, Robert A Arko3, Danie Kinkade4 and Adam Shepherd4, (1)Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, (2)University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States, (3)Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, (4)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States
The SeaView project is building connections between the data resources of major oceanographic data facilities and the Ocean Data View (ODV) analysis and visualization tool to extend ODV’s utility for marine research, and is seeking your input and insight on priorities and use scenarios.

The ability to find, access, and visualize data is critical to oceanographic research and teaching. Yet ocean data is held in multiple data facilities, in different formats, and is accessible through different pathways. This creates practical problems with integrating and working across different data sets. The ODV tool is well-established with over 40,000 registered users, and supports interactive exploration, analysis and visualization of profile, time-series, or trajectory data. SeaView will bring new data resources from the following five repositories into the ODV environment, making them more accessible and interoperable:

  • Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

  • CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office (CCHDO)

  • International Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

  • Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program

To do so, SeaView will leverage existing NSF investments that will serve as the registry of data resources where users can discover the datasets they wish to use. The GeoLink project will provide connections between existing data and other related resources, allowing users to explore a knowledge base of additional information, such as publications and cruise information.

As SeaView launches, it is seeking the input of the oceanographic community on priority data sets to bring in, and science scenarios to clarify how scientists will use data once they are available in ODV. If you use data in these facilities, or ODV, or have a potential interest in either, we invite you to discuss your science with us.