The British Oceanographic Data Centre (http://www.bodc.ac.uk/) announces the launch of the GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre (http://www.bodc.ac.uk/geotraces/) web site. This will provide access to
- GEOTRACES data
- information on past and future GEOTRACES cruises
- general information regarding data
- information about the GEOTRACES programme
GEOTRACES is an international programme that aims to improve our
understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of
trace elements and their isotopes in the marine environment. The global
field programme will run for at least a decade and will involve
cruises, run by a variety of nations, in all ocean basins.
still in its infancy, the GEOTRACES programme's aim is to compile a
global dataset for all key GEOTRACES parameters. This dataset will
eventually be available to the wider science community in accordance
with the GEOTRACES data policy.
Edward Mawji has been
appointed the BODC coordinator. He will be working closely with the
GEOTRACES scientists to establish common metadata and format protocols
and will also be responsible for the quality control and secure
archiving of data that will be collected during cruises.