All IMOS data can be discovered, accessed and downloaded via the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.
In order to make specialised data more usable to a wider audience, the AODN staff and Facilities have developed a number of data tools over the years.
For each IMOS Facility (where applicable), brief descriptions of these data tools are provided below, along with relevant links.
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). Different types of graphs can be produced including: time series, profiles and maps of water temperature, salinity, current velocity and chlorophyll-a concentration. ODV also enables you to estimate derived variables such as potential density, dynamic height and the Brunt-Vaisala frequency.
Prepared by the Coastal and Regional Oceanography Lab at UNSW.
Plankton 2015 - State of Australia's oceans
Plankton 2015 is an assessment of the state of the oceans around Australia using plankton as indicators of ecological change.
The Plankton 2015 report from CSIRO and based on data from the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) looks at why plankton are important to the health of our oceans and Australia’s future prosperity.
Using NetCDF files and the IMOS User Code Library
Most IMOS datasets are stored as NetCDF files, which can be viewed or manipulated in various environments. The AODN staff have compiled and maintain a user code library to assist in analysing these data. The library includes examples in MATLAB, R, and Python.
NB: Regardless of storage format, many IMOS datasets are available as csv files through the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.
Satellite Remote Sensing
The "Accessing IMOS Satellite Data and Converting into CSV Format Report" provides a simple, easy-to-use process, using the open source tool Panoply, for visualising IMOS satellite imagery and extracting small subsets of data to .csv files.
Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) data:
The IMOS ViewR is a web application developed by Dirk Slawinski of CSIRO Perth (WA), with the Shiny R package which allows plotting and downloading data from the IMOS National Mooring Network Facility.
NB: This data is available through the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal
CHORUS (processing and analysis of sea noise data)
CHORUS is software for processing and analysis of sea noise data, including the IMOS passive acoustic data. The archive to be downloaded also contains a User’s Manual and a Single User Licence Agreement. Note, the software is downloaded from the 'Products' menu on the left.