Role of NASA-SeaBASS repository for the legacy of the EXPORTS field biogeochemical measurements

Inia Soto Ramos1, Christopher W. Proctor1, Ivona Cetinic2 and Susanne Elizabeth Craig3, (1)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Cent, Greenbelt, United States, (3)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD, United States
The development and success of satellite-derived biogeochemical algorithms and global models depend deeply on the availability of quality field data. With future ocean color satellite missions such as PACE in mind, NASA, in conjunction with NSF, funded EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS). EXPORTS is a large-scale NASA-led field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) using satellite observations and state of the art ocean technologies. NASA is well known for its ability for handling and distributing large datasets. However, EXPORTS poses special data management challenges for the SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS;, NASA's repository for in situ oceanographic measurements. EXPORTS datasets are very diverse, spanning from omics to fluxes, from microscopes to wire-walkers. Thanks to the novel experimental and field collection methods being employed, many EXPORTS measurements are complex and new to the SeaBASS. Here, we present our data management plan and data flow, the challenges, success stories, and how we work towards standardizing methods and making sure our data are consistent, accessible, and comparable to other national and global biogeochemical repositories.