Data Integration with User Products

Summary and Expectations

As technology improves for observing the oceans, the data and output needs to be accessible and comprehensible to not just the measurement team but also to other researchers, science applications, modelers and educators. To reach the widest audience and integrate with various systems and services, the data should have a data management plan and be formatted so it can be interoperable by following conventions and standards set forth by climate, meteorological, oceanographic, and other Earth science communities. This session will discuss the above, what is currently available as resources, and what gaps and other special considerations need to be addressed going into the next decade to make data more accessible and usable to a variety of users.

Expected Outcomes/Recommendations

  • Funding agencies of ocean observing systems need to align funding to meet the demands of data management, long-term stewardship, and training by participation in e.g., IODE, ESIP, E2SIP, CODATA, RDA.
  • To qualify user products, a quantified measurement uncertainty should be added to each measurement result entered into ocean observation systems.
  • Data providers should strive to use web services with well described and open APIs to distribute and make their data accessible to human and machine consumers to enable data products downstream.