webODV - Your new favourite Tool for Online Exploration and Extraction of EMODnet Chemistry Data
Our oceans are changing at a rapid pace. Waters are warming. Carbon concentrations are rising. Fertilizers and contaminants are finding their way into the sea, and litter is now found everywhere, not only along beaches, but also in the ocean interior and on the sea floor. Scientists all around the world are busy collecting data to document and understand these changes, and many international projects, such as EMODnet Chemistry, are working hard aggregating all the data into harmonized, global integrated datasets. These datasets are urgently needed to investigate the changes on regional and global scales.
Making these large datasets easily accessible to a wide user community is a challenging task, but absolutely necessary to maximize the utility of the data and justify the immense costs of data acquisition and aggregation. The new online webODV tool, developed at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany - as a partner in EMODnet Chemistry, addresses this challenge and provides a huge step forward.
“This new online webODV tool further simplifies the access to the diverse data and data products in EMODnet Chemistry for scientists, policy makers and the public, and it increases the dissemination and usefulness of the European marine data.”, says Prof. Dr. Reiner Schlitzer, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany.
The webODV tool is accessible on the EMODnet Chemistry portal.