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A uniform, quality controlled Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT)


Pfeil, B and Olsen, A and Bakker, DCE and Hankin, S and Koyuk, H and Kozyr, A and Malczyk, J and Manke, A and Metzl, N and Sabine, CL and Akl, J and Alin, SR and Bates, N and Bellerby, RGJ and Borges, A and Boutin, J and Brown, PJ and Cai, W-J and Chavez, FP and Chen, A and Cosca, C and Fassbender, AJ and Feely, RA and Gonzalez-Davila, M and Goyet, C and Hales, B and Hardman-Mountford, N and Heinze, C and Hood, M and Hoppema, M and Hunt, CW and Hydes, D and Ishii, M and Johannessen, T and Jones, SD and Key, RM and Kortzinger, A and Landschutzer, P and Lauvset, SK and Lefevre, N and Lenton, A and Lourantou, A and Merlivat, L and Midorikawa, T and Mintrop, L and Miyazaki, C and Murata, A and Nakadate, A and Nakano, Y and Nakaoka, S and Nojiri, Y and Omar, AM and Padin, XA and Park, G-H and Paterson, K and Perez, FF and Pierrot, D and Poisson, A and Rios, AF and Santana-Casiano, JM and Salisbury, J and Sarma, VVSS and Schlitzer, R and Schneider, B and Schuster, U and Sieger, R and Skjelvan, I and Steinhoff, T and Suzuki, T and Takahashi, T and Tedesco, K and Telszewski, M and Thomas, H and Tilbrook, BD and Tjiputra, J and Vandemark, D and Veness, T and Wanninkhof, R and Watson, AJ and Weiss, R and Wong, CS and Yoshikawa-Inoue, H, A uniform, quality controlled Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT), Earth System Science Data, 5, (1) pp. 125-143. ISSN 1866-3516 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5194/essd-5-125-2013


A well-documented, publicly available, global data set of surface ocean carbon dioxide (CO2) parameters has been called for by international groups for nearly two decades. The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) project was initiated by the international marine carbon science community in 2007 with the aim of providing a comprehensive, publicly available, regularly updated, global data set of marine surface CO2, which had been subject to quality control (QC). Many additional CO2 data, not yet made public via the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), were retrieved from data originators, public websites and other data centres. All data were put in a uniform format following a strict protocol. Quality control was carried out according to clearly defined criteria. Regional specialists performed the quality control, using state-of-the-art web-based tools, specially developed for accomplishing this global team effort. SOCAT version 1.5 was made public in September 2011 and holds 6.3 million quality controlled surface CO2 data points from the global oceans and coastal seas, spanning four decades (19682007). Three types of data products are available: individual cruise files, a merged complete data set and gridded products. With the rapid expansion of marine CO2 data collection and the importance of quantifying net global oceanic CO2 uptake and its changes, sustained data synthesis and data access are priorities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:surface ocean carbon dioxide, SOCAT, carbon dioxide data
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Tilbrook, BD (Dr Bronte Tilbrook)
ID Code:87554
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:120
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2013-11-22
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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