OTN has been accepted as the first Canadian Associate Data Unit (ADU) of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE). IODE is a programme of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
“In being named an ADU, OTN is recognized as a world-class provider of shared data to facilitate global cooperation and enhance the structure of oceans data management,” says Fred Whoriskey, OTN executive director. “We are pleased to be one of the 11 units globally that are working to develop data management systems that augment the capacity of nations to acquire the best scientific data to address oceans issues.”
The IODE works to “enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.” (from iode.org)
ADU members are key stakeholders of the IODE network and reflect the growth of oceans research conducted globally, particularly in areas of animal movement and remote monitoring.
“OTN’s ADU brings its unique and valuable international database on aquatic animal movement and habitat use into the IODE programme. Most of this was obtained by using acoustic telemetry to conduct animal-tracking studies,” explains Whoriskey. “OTN is partnered with researchers in 19 countries using acoustic arrays to address critical questions about impacts on ocean ecosystems.”
Ocean ecosystems and fisheries have been severely affected by human activities and climate change. Animal movement and oceanographic data underpin policy and management actions related to sustainable management of ocean resources.
As an ADU, OTN is recognized as having established a data system with a global reach that meets IODE data standards. Additionally, OTN will be actively engaged in future discussions on global data-sharing standards and best practices.
“By taking part in these discussions, OTN will be able to weigh in on best-practices for data management at the highest international standards,” says Whoriskey. “It is a remarkable vote of confidence in the incredibly skilled and talented data group which Dalhousie has assembled for OTN.”
OTN is no stranger to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. It is already a pilot project and system of the IOC’s Global Ocean Observing System.
To learn more about the work of ADUs visit the IODE website.