The ocean drives weather and climate. Reliable and robust ocean data is central to understanding our changing planet. To help progress science and research, we are making our data available to academic researchers focused on understanding ocean dynamics and mitigating the effects of climate change on our planet and weather.
The IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate was blunt and sobering. The ocean plays a critical role in our climate, and the collection of high-quality ocean data at sufficient scale and density to improve our understanding and models remains a formidable challenge.
We’re committed to doing our part. That work starts by providing the global research community with more and better data.
If you're an academic researcher interested in using our data, or adding research instruments to our platform, please refer to our non-commercial data program.
The ocean has absorbed an estimated 30% ± 7% of the anthropogenic CO2 that has been released into the atmosphere over the past 150 years.
More than three quarters of the global carbon cycle is circulated through the ocean.
Over 90% the carbon not locked in geologic reservoirs (e.g., in sedimentary rocks or coal, oil and gas reservoirs) resides in the ocean.