Are you working on an oceanographic or marine related project where you need to identify and access the many data resources available for your study area? Marinexplore is now making this process easier than ever.
As with many fields of research, the realm of ocean science includes a staggering volume of data that has already been collected, and continues to be collected, by different organizations and government entities around the world. While there is a general movement throughout science towards improved data availability, greater standardization of data formats, and increased adoption of data interoperability standards, efficiently searching and accessing all of this data can still be a cumbersome task.
To address this challenge, Marinexplore has created a centralized resource for the ocean science community to quickly access multiple data sources from a single framework. Using an interface built on top of Google Maps, users can easily search from amongst the many available data collections, select relevant data for a particular project, and download the resulting dataset in a single file. Not only does this cut down on search time, it also simplifies a number of data integration and preprocessing steps. Users can also save, store and share created datasets, as well as collaborate with other users.
So how does it work? Marinexplore currently has access to more than 1.2 billion in situ measurements. This predominantly includes publically available data that has been acquired from ocean instruments, such as buoys, drifters, fixed platforms, and ships, as well as products generated from satellite sensors. Data access is a free service, but users must first register with Marinexplore to set up an account. Users can then create up to three datasets per day, where the size is initially limited to no more than 5 million measurements per dataset, but with options to significantly expand this limit to 25 million measurements per dataset (and beyond) by referring other users.
Marinexplore reportedly also has plans to expand functionality of its system, such as providing an API (Application Programming Interface) for developing specialized applications, functionality for data streaming, and the ability to run oceanographic models. But these features have yet to be added. For now Marinexplore is focused on establishing a user community and delivering data to interested users.
So go check out the data, and see what’s available for you to use on your next project.
For more information on Marinexplore: http://marinexplore.com/