Open access to the enterprise OceanWatch Monitor (OM) online tool now available (v1.0).

The OceanWatch Monitor (OM) is designed to address the need for monitoring and validation of satellite-based all ocean products and make the diagnostics available online.

The aim of this monitor is to provide an easy way to the CW users to assess the state of the available products at one location (under one URL). The current capability includes monitoring of five different environmental data records (EDRs): Ocean Color (OC) Chlorophyll-a, Sea Surface Height (SSH), Sea Surface Salinity (SSS), Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Wind (SSW) aka Ocean Surface Vector Wind. The OM framework is flexible to accommodate newer products for existing EDRs, and scalable for adding a newer EDR. Besides product monitoring within a given EDR family, it is envisioned to allow a joint analysis of different EDRs under an inter-thematic module. However, not all available CW products have been included in the monitor yet and this will be done incrementally. Likewise, the various data sets may have different latencies depending on their scientific needs.

As a reminder, mature, dedicated EDR product monitors by individual EDR science teams within SOCD are available here (e.g., OCView for Color, SQUAM for SST, Manati for Winds, NRTAVS for Altimetry and 4sqm for Salinity. Our users and SOCD have significantly benefited from these monitors for various needs. These resources are listed under the ‘Links’ tab of the OM to assist the detailed users in finding them. The feedback and suggestions from product team leads and their team members have been useful as well to improve the OM.

This is the launch of the OceanWatch Monitor v1.0. The functionalities and content are not final and are expected to evolve with time. For example, currently, each satellite product for a given EDR is compared against two daily fields (merged or modeled) and one monthly climatological field. Future additions envisioned include, in situ validation, change of first guess fields if desired, and a dedicated geospatial viewer with panning, zooming and layering abilities.

A summary of the background philosophy and technical web-functionalities is given in the associated quick start user guide (recommended reading).

Finally, any feedback that will improve the usability and utility of the monitor is highly appreciated. In time, we will explicitly solicit user feedback, as well.