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15/02/2021

Hot news on EU High Frequency Radars!: EUROGOOS HFRadar Task Team newsletter

The In Situ TAC family is happily sharing the latest advances in the European High Frequency Radar network, two of them related to our Near Real Time and Reprocessed product dedicated to currents, where the data coming from EU HF Radar platforms are being integrated (radials and totals files).

Get to know better about this and other topics through the EUROGOOS HFR Task Team newsletter: HERE.

Let’s keep moving!

26/01/2021

CMEMS General Assembly 2021: Do not misss the In Situ booth!

The CMEMS General Assembly will take place on days 26th, 27th and 28th of Jan 2021 as a virtual encounter (access here!). In such encounter you will be able to visit many booths dedicated to producers and, among others, In Situ TAC booth (top-right corner!).

Please do not hesitate to visit us as there will be a direct communication channel (clicking in “CONTAC”) enabled for you to post questions to our expert team. See you there!!!


27/11/2020

In Situ TAC for the Arctic region: Introducing a Marine Arctic Data Portal

Last November 27th took place the attached webminar dedicated to Introducing the Marine Arctic Data Portal, an initiative driven by EuroGOOS, together with EMODnet (Physics, Data Ingestion), CMEMS INSTAC and the Copernicus In Situ Coordination Group that aims to:

  • Provide marine Arctic in-situ data easily accessible and freely available for any users
  • Support European data integrator infrastructures (CMEMS, EMODnet and SDN) with relevant data
  • Unlock existing data from a variety of projects not yet freely and openly exchanged
  • Show the current extend of observing system platforms in the Arctic region

Sylvie Pouliquen (IFREMER) and Arnfinn Morvik (IMR), part of the In Situ TAC group, took part in such weminar with an special focus on observations availability in the Arctic region trough CMEMS. Full access to the webminar attached.


14/09/2020

The In Situ TAC Dashboard as Advanced Tool in CMEMS Pretty Viewer

Last month CMEMS announced the release of a new viewer called “Pretty Viewer” available at: https://view-cmems.mercator-ocean.fr/. This Viewer pivots on Web Map Services (WMS) which does not apply to many of the In Situ products (not gridded but discrete observations mainly). CMEMS solution for this has been to provide a “Advanced Tool” button where our Dashboard can be reached for multiparameter NRT products visualization.

The In Situ TAC family is happier than ever with this step forward!. Next months we will working hard to extend our Dashboard to our dedicated products (Carbon, Waves, UV etc). Let’s hope for the best! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

02/07/2020

2020 CMEMS In Situ TAC General Assembly (online)

Last week (June 23th-25th) took place the first online CMEMS In Situ TAC General Assembly. During this meeting an overall status update of the progress on products and services produced by the In Situ TAC members was carried out with a particular interest on the extension of the temporal & spatial coverage of these ones (by means of new providers and sources) as well as its overall quality (assements workflows).

The In Situ TAC family is working hard to maintain an operational delivery of armonized insitu observational datasets all over the world despite of the COVID situation, rest assured about that! 🙂

12/06/2020

Hot news on EU High Frequency Radars!: EUROGOOS HFRadar Task Team newsletter

The In Situ TAC family is happily sharing the latest advances in the European High Frequency Radar network, two of them related to our Near Real Time and Reprocessed product dedicated to currents, where the data coming from EU HF Radar platforms are being integrated (radials and totals files).

Get to know better about this and other topics through the EUROGOOS HFR Task Team newsletter: https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?e=%5bUNIQID%5d&u=e5fd08d8d94228eecb45183f9&id=be9a4c36a1.

Let’s keep moving!

30/04/2020

The more,the merrier!: EU HFR node, In Situ TAC and EMODnet joint efforts towards European HF Radar integration

This week the European High Frequency Radar Node (The EU HFR Node), EMODnet physics and the Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS) In Situ TAC have formalized a joint effort toward the integration and distribution of the standardized and quality controlled HFR data produced by the former thourgh its Data Portals. Find here more details.

The EU HFR Node is now managing data from 12 HFR networks (built of 35 radar sites, representing more than 2/5 of the European Network). By the end of 2020, it is expected to gather 20 networks (50 radar sites). See in the below map their progress:

Let’s keep moving!

02/04/2020

Wave spectral & HF radar radials!: New insitu data available!

The In Situ TAC welcomes this week a new set of measurements: Wave spectral data and High Frequency radar radials.
Please find such data available for download through our dashboard (here after two snapshots). Quick shortcuts to get there can be found in the data tab by selecting: Wave Spectra & Grid (Radial velocities). Try also the new share button!: a new addon to ease user subset sharing!
Now is your turn to make the most of it!

5-6/11/2019

Save the date!: In Situ TAC training in Gothenburg, Sweden next week (Nov 5th-6th)

Gothenburg will held the next week a BAL (Baltic) Copernicus Marine Service Training Workshop.
During this workshop (see agenda) two sessions will be dedicated to the In Situ TAC:

  • In Nov 5th Johanna Linder (SMHI), will lead the “In Situ products” presentation from 10:00-10:30h.
  • Next day, Nov 6th, Paz Rotllán (SOCIB) will lead the practical session on “In Situ Products” from 9:00-10.30h and from 11:00h-12.30

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

24/10/2019

Workshop on Market update on Coperncius for Finish private sector (Helsinki,Finland)

Last week (October 24th) took place the Workshop on Market update on Coperncius for Finish private sector in Helsinki, Finland. During such worksop, the Finnish Environment Institute (part of the In Situ TAC team), presented a poster (pdf) showcasing all its activities regarding the collection, processing and distribution of ferrybox data in the Baltic Sea.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Marine Research Laboratory is operating a ferrybox systems onboard Finnmaid ferry cruising 3 times a week between Helsinki, Finland and Travemünde, Germany and M/S Silja Serenade operating between Helsinki and Stockholm every night. Along the ferry track ferrybox system records salinity, temperature and chlorophyll-a fluorescence every 20 seconds from the flow through water with the inlet at 5 meters depth. Ferrybox system includes also a water sampler collecting 24 one liter water samples for nutrient and chlorophyll-a analysis in the laboratory.

The flow through records are transferred in near real time to Copernicus Marine Monitoring Service as part of the INSITU BAL NRT OBSERVTIONS available on the Coperncius Marine Service Catalog.

This data can be accesed also trough the In Situ TAC Dashboard (i.e filter, in the provider tab, by SYKE edmo_code: 1104).

08-10/10/2019

2019 CMEMS In Situ TAC General Assembly (Palma,Spain)

Last week (October 8th-10th) took place the CMEMS In Situ TAC General Assembly at Palma de Mallorca (Spain). This time, the institution chosen to hold the meeting was SOCIB, who received the other 16 partners that composes the In Situ TAC. In the frame of the General Assembly an status update of the In Situ Products was presented (new providers, new datasets, new data sources etc). Future data products, quality assesment and also the promotional activities undertaken to highlight data usage/usability (Ocen State Report and Training/communication) were also on the agenda with a common target: to tackle end-user needs.

Here after some pictures of the meeting and side activities.
Next one in Gotemburgh (SMHI facilities)!

12/09/2019

EMODnet chemistry – CMEMS In Situ MoU SIGNED!:

CMEMS IN Situ TAC and EMODnet Chemistry have agreed to cooperate in strategy, research, and operation.They will first work together to foster exchanges of data and metadata, to enhance quality control procedure and join their effort on common product development for the benefit of their respective users. Attached the MoU signed.

22 May 2019 – Brussels, Belgium – Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly. © Bernal Revert/ BR&U

19/08/2019

Do you wanna share your HF-Radar data?: check how!

If you have High Frequency Radar data and you wanna become an In Situ TAC provider for it to spread around the world please have a look at the Guidelines on how to sync your High Frequency Radar (HFR) data with the European HFR node. This document is a step-by-step guide to start transferring HF radar (HFR) data from your network to the EU HFR node (the repsonsible for collecting and integrating the HF-radar data in the CMEMS In Situ TAC).

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.