In 2017, the IOCCP Scientific Steering Group announced its position with regards to the Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Data Management (accessible as PDF from here). Since then, we have been working hard on realizing the vision for a Global Data Assembly Centre for Marine Biogeochemistry (BGC GDAC). Developments are ongoing after funding was secured in Europe and in the US for future GDAC partners. NOAA PMEL and BCDC at the University of Bergen signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018, and pending their approval as IODE Associated Data Units (ADU), a formal GDAC application is anticipated in the near future.
While operational data flow including NRT (Near Real-Time data) data distribution has been established for decades for mainly physical oceanographic parameters like temperature and salinity – the entire field of operational data flow is relatively new to many of the parameters in the field of marine biogeochemistry. In recent years, IOCCP has worked towards not only making NRT data available to portals (e.g. GOA-ON) but also to ensure it is quality controlled and integrated in global/regional NRT data products.
IOCCP also continues to support the development of existing (SOCAT, GLODAP) or new (Oxygen Atlas, Ship-based Time-Series) data products, e.g. through automatization of data reduction, submission or quality control procedures. IOCCP also supports efforts to increase submission of data to inform relevant SDG targets.
Schematic of a proposed Global Data Assembly Centre for Marine Biogeochemistry