Ocean Tool for Public Understanding and Science

Spatial data and applications related to the changing state of the global oceans


The Ocean Tool for Public Understanding and Science (OcToPUS) provides fine-grained spatial data and applications related to the state of the oceans globally and how they are changing over time to support scientific study, monitoring, policy and decision-making for the management of the oceans.

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OcToPUS harvests open data sources and provides up-to-date ready to use spatio-temporal data cubes. Access is granted through a variety of data transfer protocols (OpenDAP, FTP) and web services (WMS, WFS, WCS). Data are harmonised and served at different spatial (original, 0.09°) and temporal (1 month, 1 year, 10 years, 50 years) resolutions, at standard depth levels, and spanning over 50 years.




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OcToPUS goes beyond reprocessing and publishing spatio-temporal datasets. Applications allow to combine and explore the datasets within an adaptable web-mapping interface in a targeted and topic-specific manner. A toolbox of scientific algorithm that can be applied to the data layers complements the applications and allows to analyse data and produce new layers interactively.

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