IMOS Data Tools

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.

Data Discovery and Access Tools

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Facility

AUV Images Viewer

Sorts AUV images and displays a selection of them upon a mouse-click on a track diagram.

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National Mooring Network Facility

The Acoustic Data Viewer

Access to data plots of raw sound recordings from the Passive Acoustic Observatories Moorings.

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Animal Tracking Facility

Animal Tracking Database

Stores animal movement data collected by a wide group of collaborators using acoustic tagging technology.

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Ocean Glider Facility

Gliderscope

Software package designed to allow quick and easy visualisation of glider data stored in NetCDF files.

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Australian Ocean Data Network

Online tool for the submission of metadata and data to the AODN metadata catalogue, and where possible the AODN Portal

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Data Processing Tools and Products

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.

Download Plankton 2015 (PDF 8MB).

Opening 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 begun compiling a user code library to assist in analysing these data. The library includes examples in MATLAB, R, and Python.

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NB: Regardless of storage format, many IMOS datasets are available as csv files through the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.

IMOS OceanCurrent

The IMOS OceanCurrent website provides ready access to quick-look graphics of Australian ocean conditions, including geostrophic current, sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a.

CHORUS is software for processing and analysis of sea noise data, including the IMOS passive acoustic data. It is now available from the Curtin University website. 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. 

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:

  • MATLAB GHRSST level 3 generic satellite SST reading routines: L3 (see here)
  • IDL IMOS-GHRSST level 3 NOAA satellite SST reading routines: L3 (see here)
  • More information on the IMOS-GHRSST level 3 NOAA satellite SST files and how to use them