Southern Ocean Mooring Sites

Oceanographic moorings are a valuable source of time-series data, particularly for physical parameters but also for biological and chemical parameters. In recent decades, hundreds of moorings have been deployed across the Southern Ocean and the data from them are published through dozens of data repositories around the world. The datasets are in a range of formats and file types and quality control processes vary among institutions. This makes it difficult to bring mooring data into line with the FAIR data principles - that data should be easily findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. 

SOOS is working with oceanographers and data managers to find ways to make mooring data more FAIR. In the interim, we have developed a list of all known oceanographic moorings south of 40°S, with links to the appropriate data repository, where one is available. 

Click on the points in the map below to find deployment and data archive details about Southern Ocean moorings. The data in this map are partial and will be regularly updated as we improve our knowledge of extant and historic moorings south of 40°S. You can also find this list of moorings in SOOSmap, where you can apply temporal and spatial filters and plot them against other sampling platforms. 

Fig. 1. Map of Southern Ocean mooring locations. Red = currently deployed, yellow = retrieved, grey = unknown deployment status, white = failed, turquoise = planned.

If you wish to edit the tabular data underlying this map, please click here. To view a full-screen version of the map, click here. And if you can help us improve the information in the map and table, please contact the SOOS data officer. If you are unable to see the data or table in this page or at the above links, please download a recent csv version here.

If you use the data from this map and table, please acknowledge SOOS with the following citation:

Southern Ocean Observing System (2017), Southern Ocean Mooring Sites,

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