The collaboration between IMOS and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) of New Zealand was established in 2011 with support from the Australian Government and the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Since an initial workshop in 2011 the two nations have been working closely together to observe the oceans in the region, and deliver data required for research nationally, regionally and globally.
“This is a major milestone for the collaboration between the two nations,” says IMOS Director Tim Moltmann.
The infrastructure for the NZODN portal is built upon the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) open source code, which will allow for seamless integration of new data collections between the two portals.
“The New Zealand Ocean Data Network Portal and our AODN portal complement each other, which allows for future strengthening of the collaboration in this region,” says Mr Moltmann.
AODN Director, Dr Roger Proctor, is also happy to see the completion of this project.
“Great to see the New Zealand Ocean Data Network (NZODN) portal up and running. AODN is looking forward to the quality datasets this portal will now provide access to”.
Another example of the benefit that this collaboration has brought to IMOS is that the NIWA Research Vessel the Tangaroa, is part of the IMOS Ships of Opportunity Fleet, it collects data for IMOS as it works in the ocean surrounding New Zealand.