AMSA IMOS Data workshop 2018

How to access and use IMOS data for your Research

Workshop Friday July 6th 1000 – 1700 Engineering & Maths Sciences Building, room number EMG06 at the University of Adelaide, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus (see appended map). Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

IMOS is looking forward to hosting this workshop in Adelaide on the fringe of the 2018 AMSA Conference, “Canyons to Coast”. AMSA requires that all workshop attendees are also registered to attend the conference. To facilitate this, bookings for workshops will be carried out through the conference registration page on the AMSA website.

Contact me at any stage if you have workshop related questions:

Craig Steinberg                 e: c.steinberg(at)        m: 041 824 8067

Since 2006, IMOS has been routinely operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans, making all of its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. This workshop is to assist the scientific community to discover, access, download, use and understand the potential of the data.

Presentations will be made by key leaders responsible for the collection and dissemination of the data with examples of how they have used the data sets to further their research. Hands on guided tutorials will be show how the AODN portal can be used and a summary of tools that are available to analyse the data. Short abstracts can be found further down this document.


Friday July 6th 1000 – 1700 The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

1000 – 1010

Welcome and IMOS overview

Ana Lara Lopez. IMOS

1010 – 1020

Introduction to the AODN portal

Guillaume Galibert, AODN

1020 – 1040

SAIMOS shelf-array moorings data

Ana Redondo Rodriguez, SARDI


Observational data from across our tropical northern seas

Craig Steinberg, AIMS

1050 – 1110

Gliderscope & NetCDF Ninja: Tools for exploring and using Ocean Glider Data

Mun Woo, UWA

1110  – 1130

Using IMOS plankton data from the NRS and AusCPR surveys

Claire Davies, CSIRO

1130  – 1150

Which SST product should I use?

Helen Beggs, BoM

1150  – 1210

Monitoring Australian Seas with IMOS OceanCurrent

Madeleine Cahill, CSIRO

1210 – 1300

Break - Lunch


1300 – 1400

Visualising NSW-IMOS data using ODV

Amandine Schaeffer, UNSW

1400 – 1700

Hands on AODN Portal tutorial

Guillaume Galibert, AODN and Presenters


WiFi                 Bring your own device

Eduroam is available at University of Adelaide and is the preferred method to access to the internet.  Anyone using it will need to set it up at their University/organisation, test it works, then they will be able to log in at UofA with their setup login and password.

For general visitor/attendee use, they are being directed to the UofA wifi called 'UofA Guest'. The password will be supplied on the day.

Data Portal

Your main access to marine and climate data is through the AODN Portal.

Data Tools from here you can download Gliderscope and other tools.

Ocean Data View 
Ocean Data View (ODV) is a program designed for the interactive graphical display of oceanographic data. The software is freely available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX systems. To download ODV you must register for free on the website (go to the ‘Software’ tab). 

Download the Ocean Data View Manual v1.0.
The Manual was prepared by the Coastal and Regional Oceanography Lab at UNSW.


Engineering & Maths Science Building, room number EMG06 at the University of Adelaide (UOA).  Enter the UOA campus via Gate 22 on North Terrace, go to map reference is E13. Download the more detailed generic UOA map here


Introduction to the AODN Portal

Guillaume Galibert, Australian Ocean Data Network, Hobart, Tas


The Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal provides access to all available Australian marine and climate science data including Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) data. These marine data collections are made freely available to the public. Data covers a wide range of parameters in different ocean environments collected from ocean-going ships, autonomous vehicles, moorings and other platforms. The scope of observations, geographically spanning ocean to coast, and across disciplines (physical, biogeochemical, biological), provides a challenge to deliver an intuitive easy-to-use robust information infrastructure enabling users to efficiently obtain the data they need. This presentation will be a live demonstration highlighting the main features and services the AODN Portal can offer in order to discover, visualize and access datasets. An afternoon tutorial will follow.

SAIMOS shelf-array moorings data

Ana Redondo Rodriguez, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Adelaide, SA

email: ana.redondorodriguez(at)

The SAIMOS regional mooring array is designed to monitor both the climate and climate variability of the shelf currents and basic biogeochemistry of the South Australian region. Particular emphasis is placed on the seasonal coastal upwelling located in the eastern Great Australian Bight, west of Kangaroo Island, the extensive water outflows of the gulfs and the connectivity of boundary currents. Here their interactions boost primary productivity, creating one of the most productive coastal marine ecosystems in Australian waters. This presentation will give an overview of the SAIMOS regional array along with examples of how the data is being used, from incorporation into high resolution oceanographic models to studies of the ecosystem and food web dynamics.

Observational data from across our tropical northern seas

Craig Steinberg, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, QLD

email: c.steinberg(at)

AIMS operates a number of IMOS platforms across the tropical north of Australia. There a mooring arrays on the northwest shelf and along the Great Barrier Reef, National Reference Stations in Darwin and at the Yongala wreck near Townsville, a reef based sensor network and underway shipborne observations on two Research Vessels.  Beyond that AIMS has also operated reef based weather stations for over 30 years and manages a temperature logger programme in the region.  This presentation will show how you can access descriptions of all the mooring deployments, and near real time observational pages from a variety of sources.

Gliderscope & NetCDF Ninja: Tools for exploring and using Ocean Glider Data

Mun Woo, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA

email: mun.woo(at)

Software introduced include Gliderscope, an elegant visualisation and analysis software developed specifically for ocean glider data; and the newly released NetCDF Ninja, an interactive graphical user interface that allows users to explore and edit all the metadata and data contained in NetCDF files. Using these tools, the workshop exercises will familiarise users with the types of data collected by ocean gliders, the ways data can be analysed and interpreted, as well as help them explore key principles of physical and biological oceanography.

Using IMOS plankton data from the NRS and AusCPR surveys

Claire Davies. CSIRO, Hobart, TAS

email: claire.davies(at)

With the IMOS National Reference Stations and AusCPR surveys researchers now have two consistently sampled and analysed ten year plankton time series. The data from both these surveys can be matched to environmental variables from other IMOS products to make statistically powerful datasets. The data can be used for bioregional monitoring, productivity indicators, linkages of trophic groups and measures of ecosystem health. Combined with historical data, dating back over 100 years, these data can be used to demonstrate species distribution changes over many decades and using climate forecasting, predictions for future. 

Which SST Product Should I Use?

Helen Beggs, Bureau of Meteorology, Docklands, Vic

email: helen.beggs(at)

There are a large number and range of remotely sensed sea surface temperature (SST) products available from the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) that cover the Australian region at varying ocean depths, spatial and temporal resolutions (  This presentation will guide users through selecting the most appropriate IMOS satellite SST product for their application, and how to benefit from the additional attributes in the Group for High Resolution SST (GHRSST) format files, such as quality level and Sensor Specific Error Statistics.  Some examples will be briefly shown of applications that use IMOS GHRSST products, and how one might find and extract the appropriate level of SST data for an application.

Monitoring Australian Seas with IMOS OceanCurrent

Madeleine Cahill, CSIRO, Hobart, TAS

email: madeleine.cahill(at)

OceanCurrent brings together the latest ocean observations from around Australia to provide context for marine studies and help you find IMOS data to support your work.

The satellite observations include sea surface temperature (SST), ocean colour (as a proxy for Chlorophyll), sea level anomaly and geostrophic surface currents. Different types of sea surface temperature are provided at a range of scales to cater for different requirements:

•             snapshots that give instantaneous images,

•             4-hour composites,

•             6-day SST composites with percentiles,

•             monthly SST and

•             SSTAARS climatology.

IMOS in-water data, including glider profiles, current meter data, Argo profiles, SealCTDs, HF radar velocities and research vessel underway data are plotted on all images and also in more much more detail on additional pages. We have begun making images clickable to make the IMOS data easier to view and to find on the AODN. In this workshop we’ll demonstrate how the website can work for you and would appreciate any feedback users may have.

Visualising IMOS data

Amandine Schaeffer, Eduardo Vitarelli De Queiroz, & Moninya Roughan, UNSW, Sydney, NSW

email:a.schaeffer(at), mroughan(at)

Thanks to IMOS and the AODN portal, accessing vast numbers of high quality oceanographic datasets is now easier than ever. The second step to advance your research project is to visualize and analyse relevant IMOS data. While NetCDF format is very powerful and size-efficient for large datasets (gridded in time, latitude, longitude and depth), it can be hard to manipulate for those of us without strong programming skills (Matlab, R, Python…). As an alternative for visualization, we will present how to use a freely available software, Ocean Data View (ODV,, designed for the interactive graphical display of oceanographic data. We will show examples of how to plot a range of IMOS datasets from different observation platforms including: coastal moorings, HF radars, ARGO floats, ocean gliders, satellite sea surface temperature, ocean colour, and altimetry. Different types of graphs can be produced including: time series, depth profiles, hovmuller plots and maps. ODV also enables you to estimate derived variables such as potential density, Brunt-Vaisala frequency etc… and basic statistics. No more excuses not to do great science!