A New Porthole to the Oceans

The WCODP aims to be a link of continuity between the numerous "fronds" of oceanographic data collected along the West Coast.

The WCODP aims to link the numerous “fronds” of oceanographic data collected along the West Coast.

As someone working extensively with ocean-related data sets, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of a new West Coast marine data website, the WCGA West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP)! The Portal aims to aggregate the highest-quality West Coast ocean-related data available, to enable researchers, policymakers, coastal managers and community members to more easily find sources and information relevant to their marine data needs.

The front page (above) of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal is designed to provide easy access to various categories of marine-related data.

The front page (above) of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal is designed to provide easy access to various categories of marine-related dataThe WCODP provides a unique level of data access, in that it covers information at a West Coast-wide scale, as well as across a range of data types, human use, and physical and biological oceanography.

The WCODP aggregates marine-related data from several state-based data portals along the West Coast, including the California Coastal Geoportal, which provides comprehensive access to data ranging from public safety and state health to education and natural resources; and the Oregon Coastal Atlas and the Washington State Coastal Atlas, both of which provide various mapped ocean and coastal datasets for their respective states. The WCODP also compiles additional resources from federal agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, among others. This approach attempts to mirror the extent of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME), the physical ocean current and corresponding biology that function offshore along California, Oregon, Washington. The WCODP so far boasts nearly 200 resources covering human use, biological, and physical ocean-related data.

My fellowship work will take advantage of the Portal space as the discovery venue for data inventories that I create or update. As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my main fellowship goals is to update the West Coast OOS Ocean Acidification (OA) Assets Inventory to reflect current monitoring assets. As we reframe the OA Assets Inventory to become a real-time assets portal, we hope to use the WCODP site to make it more widely available as a source of OA monitoring information.

The Portal will also soon present a map-viewer feature, in collaboration with data from the WCGA Marine Debris Database. This map-viewer will allow enhanced visualization of marine debris data. One of my other main projects will be to contribute oceanographic data layers (surface currents, winds, wave movements) to this map viewer, and to the Portal in general.

Although the Portal was launched last week, it continues to accumulate sources and expand its categories and issues. If you have an idea of a data source or category that you think should be included in the Portal, feel free to leave a comment on this blog, or to contact the Portal manager, Todd Hallenbeck (Todd.r.hallenbeck@westcoastoceans.org) directly. Help us expand this Portal to be the most comprehensive west coast data aggregation possible!

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