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Data and Products

SOOS Due SouthDueSouth is a database of upcoming expeditions to the Southern Ocean. It is a place for you to find planned voyages and the scientists who’ll be aboard, as well as to share your own field plans. It was developed to meet the needs of Southern Ocean researchers, who have repeatedly asked over the years for a tool to help them find out about upcoming voyages, regardless of which nation is organising the cruise.

It allows scientists to find potential collaborators as well as opportunities to collect data in parts of the Southern Ocean that their National Antarctic Programme does not visit.

DueSouth is an initiative of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), built with the assistance of the Australian Antarctic Data Centre. While we are working with JCOMMOPS, IAATO, and National Antarctic Programmes to arrange for automatic uploads of information, the majority of information in the database is uploaded by members of the Southern Ocean research community, which means that, to make it truly useful, you need to share your field plans.

To find an upcoming voyage or project, or to share your own field plans, go to the DueSouth database, or find DueSouth via the SOOS homepage.

If you have any queries about DueSouth, please contact the SOOS data officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOOSmapSOOSmap gives you access to data from key circumpolar research programmes. In SOOSmap, you can explore temporal, spatial, and thematic distributions of observing platforms. These platforms include Argo floats, MEOP seals, continuous plankton recorder tows, tide gauges. For data types that are not yet fully standardised and aggregated, like the SOOS Mooring Network, SOOSmap provides links to the data centres that hold the data from each of the platforms. The observing platforms are given context by a series of base layers, including CCAMLR regions, sea surface temperature, and sea-ice concentration.

Using the spatial selection tools, you can download data from many platforms at once, while search tools in the left facet will allow you to explore spatial and temporal patterns in sampling of the Southern Ocean, which can help you plan future sampling programmes.

SOOSmap is a collaboration between the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) and the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Physics group. It uses the EMODnet data servers to collate and publish the data, and SOOS’ network of scientists and data managers to coordinate the data flows.

SOOS is a body of SCAR and SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research), which is tasked with facilitating the collection and delivery of essential observations on dynamics and change of Southern Ocean systems to all international stakeholders (researchers, governments, industries), through design, advocacy and implementation of cost-effective observing and data delivery systems.

For more information, and to use the product, visit SOOSmap on the SOOS website.

New data layers are being added to SOOSmap in coming months, so if your favourite data type is not in there yet, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the SOOS data officer, to talk about how to get it added.

ADMAP was launched in 1995 to compile and integrate into a digital database all exisiting near-surface and satellite mangetic anomaly data collected in Antarctica and surrounding oceans south of 60 degrees. Since then, the ADMAP has been updating the databases with additional surveys as well as investigating the areas of special interest.

A series of databases have been made available:

ADMAP CNSO OSU02 webADMAP-CNSO-OSU02

This map was generated using ADMAP near-surface compilation and Orsted satellite total intensity anomaly data (Kim, 2002) at 700 km. The surface gaps were augmented by the algorithm in Kim et al. (2004) for the wavelengths larger than 400 km. Details about this map was described in Kim et al.(2004).

The grid data for this map in ASCII format as a compressed ZIP file is available here (4.3 Mb).

 

ADMAP 2001 Magsat webADMAP 2001

This map was generated using ADMAP near-surface compilation and Magsat satellite total intensity anomaly data at 400 km. The surface gaps were augmented by equivalent point diple source technique for the wavelengths larger than 400 km.

The grid data (5 km interval) for this map in ASCII format is available here as a zipped file (14.9 Mb).
The image file for this map in CorelDraw version is available here as a zipped file (14.4 Mb).

 

ADMAP 2001 webADMAP 2001

This map was generated using ADMAP near-surface compilation data collected by all ADMAP WG and finalized by Dr. Golynsky (Golynsky et al., 2002).

The grid data (5 km interval) for this map in ASCII version is available here as a zipped file (9.4 Mb).
The image file for this map in CorelDraw version is available here as a zipped file (21.3 Mb).

 

The databases are also available at the ADMAP website.

Science in Antarctica relies on a consistent geographic framework. SCAR encourages the community to share its information to make maximum use of all data; to develop and operate mechanisms to facilitate the collection, storage, retrieval and dissemination of data and information for the common good; and to ensure that these mechanisms are effective. One of the major outcomes of combining a consistent geographic framework with available data are resulting maps with the best available information.

The Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI) manages and enhances the geographic framework for Antarctic scientific research, operations, environmental management, and tourism.

SCAR Map and Geographic Information Products

Product ADDADD - Antarctic Digital Database

a compilation of the best international topographic mapping for Antarctica at scales between 1:250,000 and 1:10 M that can be viewed on a range of vector and satellite image backdrops. The underlying data can be downloaded free of charge in a range of formats for onward work in desktop GIS.
 

Product CompositeGazetteerComposite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA)

a searchable database of all Antarctic place-names from each country active in Antarctica including the names of features south of 60° S, both terrestrial and undersea or under-ice.

Product MapCatalogueAntarctic Map Catalogue

a catalogue of international maps for Antarctica, compiled and maintained by the Australian Antarctic Division Data Centre, containing entries for over 5000 hard-copy maps from 26 countries, and around 1000 digital maps from five countries.

Product MagneticAnomaliesADMAP - Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project

a digital database of all existing near-surface and satellite magnetic anomaly data collected in Antarctica and surrounding oceans south of 60° S.

AirOperationsPlanningMapsAir Operations Planning Maps

a series of maps at 1:1M scale, together with a continent over-view map, to support Air Operations planning. The maps are compiled collaboratively by Belgium (in cooperation with Australia), Norway, the UK and USA. The maps and digital data are freely available for download.

Product BEDMAP2BEDMAP2 - Antarctic Bedrock Mapping

a new suite of gridded products describing surface elevation, ice-thickness and the sea floor and subglacial bed elevation of the Antarctic south of 60° S.

Product OceanBathymetryInternational Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO)

an enhanced digital database that contains bathymetric data available south of 60° S latitude used to produce a consistent bathymetric chart of the Southern Ocean.

  • Drake Passage Bathymetry Map: a new map covering an area of 1470000 km2 between parallels 52ºS and 63ºS and between meridians 70ºW and 50ºW, where the high resolution bathymetric data covers more than 70% of the region with a 200 m cell resolution of the sea floor topography.

Product QuantarcticaQuantarctica

a downloadable collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software QGIS and currently includes geography, glaciology and geophysics data, and will expand with contributions from the research community.

 

For earlier SCAR products and services, see the archived website.

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