From source to synthesis – improving flow of ocean carbon data (text & video)

OA Week 2021, From source to synthesis – improving flow of ocean carbon data

Dr. Helen Findlay, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Ms. Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, France

Mr. Benjamin Pfeil, University of Bergen, Norway

Dr. Katherina Schoo, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, France


As data generating scientists, we have to find suitable data archives that are coherent with legal obligations of funders and that make it practical for access and visibility. In addition, data should be fit for purpose for synthesis products/reports in order to achieve greatest impact. The ocean acidification data landscape is a complex mix of data repositories, with varying audiences, purposes, meta and data requirements, as well as quality classifications and control mechanisms. Key to facilitating ocean acidification relevant data flow is communication among data producers, data managers and data users, addressing challenges and bringing together the community to find the best solutions. This discussion session of the OA week aims to continue ongoing and initiate new discussions around the following topics: 1. What are the current obstacles/challenges with respect to ocean acidification data flow in your region, your field of research? 2. Who should be taking part in ocean acidification data flow discussions – identification of main stakeholders? How can we improve data flow to meet the commitments for UN SDG 14.3.1, requirements of the funders and the wider benefits for our science and stakeholders that this unique opportunity brings in giving everyone access to datasets of known quality?

Ocean Acidification Week 2021 was sponsored by the following organizations:

(1) GOA-ON, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network,

(2) NOAA, the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,

(3) IAEA OA-ICC, the International Atomic Energy Agency – Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, and

(4) IOC-UNESCO – the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

For more information, please visit

GOA-ON, YouTube, 29 September 2021. Text and video.

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