SOCIB Data Catalogue: free and open access to regional ocean data

The SOCIB Data Catalogue is an intuitive web application designed to access, visualise, plot, and download multi-platform metocean data collected by SOCIB’s observing system in the Western Mediterranean Sea.

As a contribution to the JERICO-S3 project, and more specifically in the frame of the virtual access to coastal ocean resources efforts, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) have developed a browser-like application, the SOCIB Data Catalogue, built on top of the SOCIB Data API service, that enables user-friendly access, visualisation, plot, and download of the data available at the SOCIB Data Repository. This catalogue is the recommended entry point for non-operational users interested in the multi-platform metocean data collected by SOCIB’s observing systems in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Operational users are encouraged to consider this application as a Use Case of the SOCIB Data API, the service currently providing machine-to-machine access to the repository. Furthermore, the SOCIB Data Catalogue enables access to SOCIB’s data products, that is data packages based on the observational programmes and scientific projects of SOCIB, with a higher level of curation and data version control.

The SOCIB Data Repository contains a wide range of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) covering from physics (sea water temperature, seawater salinity, currents, sea surface height, etc.) to biochemistry (nutrients, oxygen, turbidity, etc.) and biology (chlorophyll mass concentration, etc.). This is in addition to providing related meteorological variables (atmospheric pressure, wind velocity, and direction, air temperature, and humidity, etc.). The data, either reported by observing facilities (oceanographic buoys, drifters, profilers, gliders, high-frequency radars, etc.) or outputs from hydrodynamical (WMOP), wave (SAPO) or meteorological (BRIFS) numerical models, facilitates the monitoring and forecast of the ocean state and variability in the frame of a number of projects and observational programmes with a particular focus on the Western Mediterranean Sea.

The SOCIB Data Catalogue and the SOCIB Data API are two examples of SOCIB’s commitment, as a Regional Marine Research Infrastructure, to the FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Indeed, the SOCIB Data Repository has recently been certified as a Trustworthy data repository by the CoreTrustSeal Standards and Certification Board, thus guaranteeing the management of research data in line with FAIR Data Principles and Horizon Europe Open Science requirements.