Service Activities


Within the FixO3 project Service Activities (SA) give access to fully-process multidisciplinary data services and products. This includes the entire oceanic environment, from seafloor to the air-sea interface. The SA’s comprise high quality data services and products from 13 fixed-point multidisciplinary open ocean observatories included in the FixO3 network. These sustained open ocean observatories cover a broad geographical range from the Polar Regions to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. They demonstrate direct applications, such as maps of ecosystem indicators over European seas, or model validations with respect to in-situ data. In addition, FixO3 provides highly derived information products such as regional trends in ecosystem function and diversity.

Some of the delayed mode data and especially the “interventive data” address the temporal variability of ecosystems and their biodiversity. In some cases (e.g. physical datasets) these are uploaded daily for operational users, e.g. through COPERNICUS and the Global Telecommunication System. FixO3 SA’s take open ocean data services beyond the current state-of-the-art, offering data products that cover a broad range of science themes with high societal relevance and impact. These include carbon and acidification, climate and ocean physics, biodiversity and ecosystem assessment and geo-hazard monitoring. Many of the products offered by these service activities are also of value for maritime policy. The trans-observatory integrated service builds on the EMECO data tool which currently offers ocean datasets from UK waters (CEFAS, DEFRA) and European coastal regions (JERICO I3).

The integrated data services offering regional scale visualisation of datasets and products from open ocean observatories have been selected according to their relevance to central GEOSS themes as well as their compliance with SeaDataNet standards and the GMES initiative (COPERNICUS 2014). The service activities build on the current fixed-point open ocean data services and the progress made in previous EU projects EuroSITES, HYPOX, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN which integrated and enhanced European observatory data streams. As a result of these endeavours, many of the FixO3 observatory sites are utilising standardised data management and quality control procedures and are transmitting data in near real-time.

Our SA web pages will give end users the opportunity to access datasets, derived data and data products in a centralized way. They can be selected either by the geographical location of the observatory or via one of the overall scientific subjects: