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The ODATIS ocean data and services hub was created in 2016 but draws on a heritage of more than 20 years acquired notably through the SALP altimetry and precise positioning department and the Coriolis in-situ operational oceanography centre.

ODATIS federates national oceanography data management and scientific expertise activities. Its aims are to develop derived products and facilitate/promote discovery and uptake of data acquired in the ocean or at its interface with other environments, from in-situ, laboratory and remote-sensing measurements. It is thus working to describe, quantify and understand the oceans from a broad perspective, taking in the open ocean and coastal waters, at the sea surface and at depth.

ODATIS’s decision-making and executive structure is made up of members from its six partner institutions, i.e., CNRS, CNES, Ifremer, IRD, SHOM and the Universités Marines network. The hub is headed by Gilbert Maudire (2017-2022) and built around nine data and services centres (DSC) guaranteeing data management services. Scientific Expertise Consortia (CES) promote new processing methods and innovative products. Technical Workshops train data managers and users in good practices (FAIR principles, data warehouses) and manipulation/visualization of the hub’s data and products.

What do we measure in the oceans? The main fields of research served by ODATIS data and services are:

  • Marine biology: the study of tropical marine organisms, toxins, phytoplankton and zooplankton, etc.
  • Marine biogeochemistry: the study of alkalinity (pH), dissolved organic matter, pigments, chemical elements, turbidity, etc.
  • Ocean physics: currents, sea ice, sea-surface height, salinity, temperature, etc.
  • Marine geology: shoreline, hydrology, bathymetry, sediment fluxes
  • Marine meteorology: precipitation, atmospheric pressure, air temperature, surface wind, humidity, etc.

ODATIS data and services catalogue

ODATIS in pictures

  • 3D tidal currents – ODATIS
  • Cartographic interface of the ODATIS catalog with the route of oceanographic vessels
  • Crew of the FUMSECK sea campaign, in 2019, in the Mediterranean
  • In situ and satellite observation means
  • Modeling of particle trajectories (image - 2 Mo)
  • Ocean temperature
  • Oxygen minimum zones in the ocean
  • Richness of zooplankton – ODATIS (image - < 0.1 Mo)
  • Waves and temperature during the passage of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019 in the Bahamas
  • El Niño phenomenon in November 2015 (image - 1 Mo)