Links and Image Copyright
UK monitoring programmes may also be viewed and searched with other european programmes at the European Directory of the Ocean Observing System which was initiated by EuroGOOS. The link above is to an old version of the application and a new version will be released in early 2011. A Black Sea version is also being currently being populated.
UKDMOS is a key output of the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy. The overall aim of the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS) is to shape the UK’s capability, within national and international waters, to: "provide, and respond, within a changing climate, to, the evidence required for sustainable development within a clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse marine ecosystem and within one generation to make a real difference."
The technical build of UKDMOS has relied heavily on outputs from the European funded SeaDataNet project which is a standardized distributed system for managing the large and diverse data sets collected by the oceanographic fleets and the new automatic observation systems.
Maintenance and updating of UKDMOS is conducted by the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network.
UKDMOS relies on the use of standardised terms or 'controlled vocabularies' to ensure that specific terms can be searched. Further details are available from the British Oceanographic Data Centre and the vocabulary server is available here. A thesaurus of the parameter groups is also available.
Other resources to aid the coordination of surveys and therefore save resources include the POGO international cruise planning database and the UK Cruise inventry. Planned cruises may be searched in the later by selecting 'scheduled' from the status drop down list. A new project 'Eurofleets' started in 2009 which aims to bring together European Union research fleets to enhance their coordination and promote the cost effective use of their facilities. The project will produce a cruise planning tool.
The puffin and seal images are used with kind permission, and remain the copyright of Charlie Phillips. For further information see www.charliephillipsimages.co.uk
The seascape banner of Sandwood Bay and the image of Ceannabienne beach, near Durness, are both copyright of Mary Mowat.
The on-board equipment image is copyright of Mark Hebden.
Image of R/V Prince Madog is copyright of VT Group plc, for further information see http://www.vtplc.com/copyright.asp