A vision for FAIR ocean data products – How can we improve and sustain GLODAP?
The ocean is mitigating global warming by absorbing large amounts of excess carbon dioxide from human activities. To quantify and monitor the ocean carbon sink, we need a state-of-the-art data resource that makes data submission and retrieval machine-compatible and efficient. The comment from Tanhua et al. (2021) describes the challenges of quantifying the interior ocean storage of anthropogenic carbon and the utility of the reference data product GLODAP (The GLobal Ocean Data Analysis Project, https://www.glodap.info/). GLODAP is an internally consistent data product of interior ocean biogeochemical data that has gone through additional levels of quality control for the highest possible quality. GLODAP was first released in 2004, and more recently, the GLODAP team has, for now, been able to publish annual update of GLODAP. However, GLODAP needs continued support from the scientific community and funding agencies and stakeholders; without updated infrastructure and adequate sustained resourcing in place, GLODAP services may not be able to be maintained on a regular basis.
Reference: Tanhua, T., Lauvset, S.K., Lange, N., et al. (2021). A vision for FAIR ocean data products. Communications Earth & Environment 2, 136. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-021-00209-4.