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SOOSmap is a collaboration between SOOS and the European Marine Observations and Data Network (EMODnet) Physics. It serves up curated and standardised observation data from oceanographic and Antarctic research programs from many nations and scientific disciplines. SOOSmap is built around individual observing platforms or sampling events (e.g. an Argo float or plankton trawl).

SOOSmap draws on the extensive data holdings of Copernicus and EMODnet, which were collated for European seas but which cover global oceans. Additionally, SOOS is bringing in key datasets of particular value to the Southern Ocean, including krill, plankton, and sea ice observations.

We are working with data centres around the world to make SOOSmap a comprehensive source for marine observations from the Southern Ocean. Given the complex ecosystem of data centres and data aggregation efforts, this is no small task. SOOS and EMODnet are negotiating with individual data centres to improve our holdings of each observation type. Over time, you can expect both the number and type of observations to grow, as we develop these relationships.

For more information or to help improve SOOSmap,  please contact the SOOS data officer, Pip Bricher.