Core Variables

Oceanographic data are complex: they are observed by a multitude of different organizations, costly instruments, in varied and sometimes dangerous environments. Physical, biological, chemical, socio-economic and human activity data are key observations that contribute to a better understanding of the ocean ecosystem, but also are possible solutions for a sustainable and integrated management of the ocean’s environment and resources.

The list below indicates the availability of data for each core variable in each of SLGO's web applications.

PHYSIC

Sea state
Wave: max. height, mean height, period
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Sea ice
Cover, concentration, thickness
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts    
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Sea surface height
Water level
Marine Conditions
Ocean Forecasts    
Navigation    
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Sea water temperature
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts    
Navigation    
Biodiversity      
AZMP    
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing    
Currents
Direction, speed
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts    
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Sea salinity
Salinity, density, sigma-t
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP    
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Ocean surface heat flux
PAR
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Ocean stress
Wind: Direction, speed
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation    
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing      

 

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

Dissolved oxygen
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Inorganic macronutrients
NO2, NO3, PO4, Si, NH4
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP    
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Inorganic carbon
DIC, pCO2, pH
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
DOC
CDOM
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Suspended particulates
Backscatter
Marine Conditions  
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing      

 

BIOLOGY

Phytoplankton
Chlorophyll
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity      
AZMP    
EDMS    
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Fish
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity    
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Marine turtles, birds, and mammals
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity    
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Macroalgae
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity    
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing      
Invasive species
Marine Conditions      
Ocean Forecasts      
Navigation      
Biodiversity    
AZMP      
EDMS      
Satellite Remote Sensing