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Distribution of Data and Samples Emanating from the OOI-BGF program

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In the spirit of the OOI, the goal of the BGF program will be to disseminate data emanating from the observation platforms as quickly as possible.  For some instrumentation (e.g. ESP), this will occur in quasi real-time.  However, not all instrumentation will yield data instantly - an important and necessary departure from the concept of the OOI.  Several types of measurements require return of samples to the laboratory for detailed analysis.  A key facet of the OOI-BGF program will be the unprecedented degree and breadth of autonomous sampling in order to provide access to diverse biogeochemical and biological questions associated with the oceanic biological pump.  We envision centralized analytical facilities, both in the US and abroad, for generation of core biogeochemical data.  In accordance with the OOI date handling protocols, all digital data will be distributed promptly.  Similarly, analytical data will also will be submitted and posted according to the OOI data protocols, and samples would be accessible to the general oceanographic community.

Last updated: March 30, 2010

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