ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre, OTC currently coordinates twenty-one ocean stations in seven countries, monitoring carbon uptake and fluxes in the North Atlantic and the Nordic, Baltic and Mediterranean Seas. The measurement methods include sampling from research vessels, moorings, buoys and commercial vessels, so called Voluntary Observing Ships (VOS). They all have been equipped with state-of-the-art carbonate system sensors.
OTC is coordinated and operated by Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE) and University of Bergen in Norway, and University of Exeter and National Oceanography Centre in the UK.
Structure of the OTC
Executive unit is in charge of leadership, coordination of Ocean Thematic Centre, network design and stakeholder liaison. OTC leadership is a shared responsibility between the OTC director and the deputy director.
Labelling unit is in charge of the station labelling process. The unit’s task is also the development of station labelling reports. The reports include the evaluation of the stations undergoing the labelling procedure.
Data Unit is in charge of the data collection, availability and quality. The Unit tracks the data col-lection, flow, processing, quality and availability for all the stations that are part of the ICOS Ocean net-work. They ensure the contribution to the relevant global data collections, as well as prompt actions in order to solve potential critical situations.
Training unit’s task is to optimise and stand-ardise performance of the network instrumentation and calibration. They provide guidance and techni-cal support for new installations at individual sta-tions.
Ship Liaison unit
Ship Liaison Unit is in charge of the engage-ment with the shipping industry and coastal installa-tions community, operating autonomous data collec-tion systems focused on evaluating CO2 fluxes and other greenhouse gases across the air-sea interface. They also support the VOS community in sustaining stations and replacing stations.
New Technology and Platforms unit
New Technology and Platforms unit is in charge of new sensors and new platforms. Its task is to in-vite early adopters as collaborators or partners in future research grants to explore new technologies.
Dr Richard Sanders
Director of Ocean Thematic Centre
Allégaten 70, Postboks 7810
contact-otc (at) lists.icos-ri.eu