< Australia leads on Southern Ocean carbon dioxide monitoring
26.07.2012 22:53 Age: 5 yrs
Category: IMOS, AODN

Australia and New Zealand Collaboration

After a symposium in Hobart NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research) and IMOS agreed on the establishment of a New Zealand ocean data node.


Seabed habitat image collected from survey. Credit: NIWA

In December 2011, an inter-Government agreement was signed to further collaboration between Australia and New Zealand in marine research, observations and data management. Following a symposium in Hobart, NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research) and IMOS agreed on establishing a New Zealand ocean data node compatible with the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN). It will enable New Zealand to serve large amounts of ocean data into the international community using open standards.

During the last week of June, Peter Blain and Sebastien Mancini went to Wellington to visit NIWA partners in order to align the two information Infrastructures. During the first day of the visit we identified common components of information infrastructure between IMOS and NIWA. These included the use of the GeoNetwork software as a metadata catalogue, the use of the Marine Community Profile (MCP) as a metadata standard, and the use of OGC web services.

Later in the week the data collected during the Bay of Islands coastal survey project (http://www.os2020.org.nz/ ) was used as a pilot project to integrate New Zealand data into the AODN. Metadata records describing different datasets collected during the project were harvested from the NIWA GeoNetwork instance into the AODN and can now be discovered through the AODN ocean portal. The NIWA Web Map Service was scanned and two layers representing bathymetry and CTD data collected during the Bay of Islands project were added to the collection of published layers and can now be visualised through the AODN portal.

Following the groundwork completed during the visit to New Zealand, and through continued collaboration in the next months, ocean data streams such as cruises data, CTD, current meters and ADCP data will all be served through the AODN.