From Global Ocean Observation Networks to Canada’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS)


Apr 22, 2021, Erin Satterthwaite (CalCOFI), Eric Peterson (Hakai)

Globally, ocean observing programs are coming together to organize, share and disseminate data collected in different ways and for different purposes to provide a more holistic understanding of our global ocean. For marine biodiversity observations, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS), and the Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) are working together to coordinate observing programs and share data and  offer an opportunity for diverse groups to contribute to data flows from local to global scales.

This presentation will review why international coordination is needed, how a coordination framework is coming together, and what core information is being shared. A current global analysis of the state of ocean observing for marine life will be reviewed as well as the recommendations emerging from this analysis. Regionally, emerging coordination and data management in Canada, through CIOOS (the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System) will be highlighted, including examples of data application.

Going forward, challenges and solutions for local-to-global harmonization of data will be discussed, including the potential to span disciplines and data types (e.g. nearshore and pelagic data), as well as a brief overviews of data management platforms and the core tools being implemented to standardize, organize and share data.