The numerous collections of data served from the AODN Portal, are downloaded and used by many in the scientific community. Whilst we are here to service this community, with our data feely and publicly available it is actually available to anybody that may be interested.
It is exciting to look at not only who contact for data but also why and how they use the data. Requests for data come from varying sources – many individuals, private enterprise, government and industry.
Below are some really interesting examples of data requests and use:
· South Australian Police contacted the AODN a few years ago as they were investigating a drowning that had occurred and they required historical data on ocean water temperature and ocean currents.
· An independent organisation in Queensland that is working towards improving the sustainable use of land and waterways in the south east required ocean current data to investigate suitable locations for sinking a retired naval ship to become an artificial reef.
· An Australian Agrometeorology company that provide operational climate forecasts and crop monitoring have obtained Gridded Sea Level Anomaly (GSLA) monthly values, demonstrating that ocean data it is also useful in other fields.
· Various government organisations including, but not limited to, Agriculture, West Australian Water, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Bureau of Meteorology.
· There are also a string of personal users of the data that are just curious about the world around them:
o Whale watchers that are interested in what the currents do in the area they have seen whales migrating, and looking back over a decade,
o Yachtsmen – for navigation, weather routing and the creation of a Yachtmaster course,
o Ocean swimmers – both bigger and smaller events, notably the Rottnest and Port to Pub swims, and
o Recreational fishermen, interested in validating observations they have made.
These example are from direct requests to the AODN Helpdesk (info(at)aodn.org.au), where users have asked additional questions (like how to open the files or which data is best). We understand that there are likely many other uses for the data that we are not aware – have you used the data and have a story to tell? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems that we are a benefit to more than the scientific community, that the data is used broadly and from many varied perspectives.
Take a look around the AODN Portal today - what can YOU do with the data?