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23/04/2019

New product release!: In Situ TAC CARBON observations (NRT + REP)

Two new in-situ observation products with seawater inorganic carbon measurements are now available on CMEMS from April 2019: one near-real time (INSITU_GLO_CARBON_NRT_OBSERVATIONS_013_049) and one reprocessed product (INSITU_GLO_CARBON_REP_OBSERVATIONS_013_050).

The near-real time product contains in-situ measurements of surface fugacity of carbon dioxide (fCO2), sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity, automatically first level quality-controlled by the software QuinCe. The data come from platforms with NRT capabilities that belong to the Research Infrastructure Integrated Carbon Observing System (ICOS) Ocean Thematic Center (OTC) network. As of April 2019, these platforms are the research vessel G. O. Sars and the Voluntary Observing Ship/ Ship of Opportunity (VOS/SOOP) Nuka Arctica.

The reprocessed product contains data from two data products generated by the global marine biogeochemistry community: Surface CO2 ATlas version 6 (SOCAT) and GLobal Ocean Data Analysis Product version 2 (GLODAP), split into five datasets:

  • SOCAT-REP-OBSERVATIONS: measurements of sea surface fCO2, temperature and salinity from ships, fixed moorings and drifting buoys from 1957 to 2017.
  • SOCAT_REP_GRIDDED_FIELDS: monthly, annual, and decadal 1×1 degree gridded fields of the SOCAT observations. Weighted and unweighted means, standard deviations, minimum and maximum values of sea surface fCO2, temperature and salinity, position offsets and number of observations per cell.
  • SOCAT_REP_GRIDDED_COASTAL_FIELDS: monthly quarter-of-degree gridded fields of coastal areas, defined as regions within 400 km of significant landmasses. Same variables as the global gridded dataset.
  • GLODAP_REP_OBSERVATIONS: measurements of temperature, salinity, dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity, pH, oxygen, nitrate, phosphate and silicate from individual water samples from vertical profiles. Temporal coverage from 1972 to 2013.
  • GLODAP_REP_GRIDDED_FIELDS: 1×1 degree and 33 standard depths climatology built from GLODAPv2 data. In addition to the GLODAP observations, a climatology for calcium carbonate saturation was computed, too.

All the reprocessed datasets have been thoroughly quality controlled by specialist scientists within the field and the region. Further details to be found in the publications recommended in their respective webpages.

The CMEMS documentation for these two products is available in: PUM | NRT-QUID | REP-QUID

16/04/2019

New product release!: In Situ TAC NRT currents (dritfer + HFR)

A new near-real time in situ observations product (INSITU_GLO_UV_NRT_OBSERVATIONS_013_048) entirely dedicated to ocean currents is now available on CMEMS (April 2019).
Since April 2019, CMEMS delivered surface currents from 2 different instrument types:

  • The near-surface zonal and meridional velocities along the trajectories of the drifting buoys which are part of the DBCP’s Global Drifter Program. These data are delivered together with wind stress components and surface temperature. The users have the choice between unfiltered data and 3-day filtered data.
  • The near-surface zonal and meridional total velocities measured by High Frequency radars that are part of the European High Frequency radar Network. These data are delivered together with standard deviation of near-surface zonal and meridional raw velocities, Geometrical Dilution of Precision (GDOP), quality flags and metadata.

Find next the documentation for this new product: QUID | PUM

14-15/05/2019

Save the date!: In Situ TAC training in Lisbon, Portugal next May 14th-15th

Lisbon will held the next May a IBI (Iberia-Biscay-Ireland) Copernicus Marine Service Training Workshop.
During this workshop (see agenda) two sessions will be dedicated to the In Situ TAC:

  • In May14th Fernando Manzano (Puertos del Estado), will lead the “In Situ products” presentation from 15.30-16.00h.
  • Next day, May15th,Paz Rotllán (SOCIB) will lead the practical session on “In Situ Products” from 14-17.30h.

Join us and discover more about the In Situ TAC network in the IBI region!

15/03/2019

Extending the In Situ observational data collection

An important upgrade in the In Situ data archival has been recently accomplished:

  • A total of 2.964.273 bottle observations from the World Ocean Database (WOD) are now distributed on Copernicus Marine Service as part of the In Situ data products.
    A bottle observation contains physical (T&S) and BGC parameters (such as oxigen, chlorophyll, nitrate. See the data collect report for more details.
  • A total of 13.163 CTD from 82 vessels from the World Ocean Database (WOD) are now distributed on Copernicus Marine Service as part of the In Situ data products.
    CTDs observation contains physical (T&S) parameters. See the data collect report for more details.
  • A total of 3.829 CTD from the SeaDataCloud North Atlantic are now distributed on Copernicus Marine Service as part of the In Situ data products.See the data collect report for more details.

Find next some snapshots of the recently integrated platforms:

11-12/03/2019

In Situ TAC training on network & data: Join us!

  • Day 1 – 12th March
    Target: beginners
    Lecture: introduction to Copernicus Marine Services. Focus on the In Situ TAC
    Hands-on: interfaces
    Time: Half a day starting a 9am, finishing at 1pm
    Location: Alexander Graham Bell Building, Edinburgh University
    Requirements: laptop
  • Day 2 – 13th March
    Target: advanced users
    Lecture: introduction to Copernicus Marine Services. Focus on the In Situ TAC
    Hands-on: programming
    Time: Half a day starting a 9am, finishing at 1pm
    Location: Alexander Graham Bell Building, Edinburgh University
    Requirements: laptop and a good disposition regarding coding

05/11/2018

In Situ TAC in IMDIS 2018

In Situ TAC is going to take part this week in IMDIS 2018. This International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems will take place at the Auditorium of the PRBB (Barcelona Biomedical Research Park), Barcelona (Spain) from November 5th to 7th. Several In Situ TAC member will join the event, being worth mentioning the intervention that will be done on tuesday (November 6th) at 17:45 by Loic Petit de La Villeon and Sylvie Pouliquen: “Assessment of existing services and new services provided by the Copernicus Marine In Situ Thematic Assembly Centre“.
Presentation and video will be linked to this news afterwards for you to check!

11/10/2018

In Situ TAC Dashboard Upgrade

During In Situ TAC General Assembly held in Toulouse at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) facilities from October 8th-11th, the In Situ TAC Web & Communication Working Group (Antonis Chalkiopoulous, Fernando Manzano, Paz Rotllan Garcia) presented the new version of the In Situ Dasboard.

This new version has been built side to side with Seadatanet and EMODnet which has provide to the In Situ TAC the neccessary webservices (WS) for the provider overview and the parameter visualization now displayed when clicking on a platform.

The In Situ TAC Dashboard allows users to interactively explore and download all active platform’s data. Next steps are meant to extent this dashboard to display also already inactive platforms.

10/10/2018

In Situ TAC General Assembly, Toulouse (France)

Since the October 8th, the In Situ TAC team is helding its General Assembly at the facilities of Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS). This meeting will review all the progress done since the phase II of the project started and define the next moves within the group responsible for providing In Situ observations to Copernicus Marine Service.

19/06/2018

In situ data critical for the Copernicus Marine Service

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) benefits from a range of in situ observations, drawn from a wide variety of platforms, including autonomous ocean-based observatories and sensors aboard ships. Almost 9000 platforms supply the service with data, which is critical for the production of the Copernicus Marine Service products.CMEMS has from the very beginning realized the value of in situ observations in the production line, making the CMEMS In Situ Thematic Assembly Centre (INSTAC) an integral part of the service provision. INSTAC builds on a range of in situ data providers, including, predominantly, the EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS) and the Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). INSTAC also works closely with SeaDataNet, coordinating a network of European National Data Centres, and EMODnet, unlocking European in situ marine data for the majority of data parameters.

21/05/2018

High Frequency Radar European common data and metadata model Reference Card: all you need to know about High Frequency Radar (HFR) data harmonization at a glance

The major European marine data integrators and infrastructures (CMEMS, SeaDataNet and EMODnet Physics) and the Research Infrastructure JERICO are supporting and promoting the outcome of the HFR Task Team activities. New providers and operators are welcomed to join the network and be supported to implement the European common data and metadata model for real-time HFR surface current data. Thus they will be able to integrate the future CMEMS INSTAC catalogues (until V5 in April 2019).
Reference Card – all you need to know about HFR data harmonization at a glance EU_HFR_QC_Data_Model_Reference_Card.pdf

25/08/2017

An interview with Loïc Petit de la Villéon, Deputy Coordinator CMEMS In Situ Thematic Assembly Centre

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS http://marine.copernicus.eu/) measures, models and forecasts the state of the global oceans and regional seas, providing more than 150 specific products comprising data from satellite images, ocean forecast models and ocean observations (measurements taken in the sea). Within CMEMS, the In Situ Thematic Assembly Centre (INSTAC) ensures that a steady supply of these in situ ocean measurements is made available to the other service components. Loïc Petit de la Villéon, Deputy Coordinator of the CMEMS INSTAC, told us more about what INSTAC does for CMEMS, how it works, and why it is important for the Copernicus Marine Service.