An open-access physical oceanographic database for NZ

MetOcean Solutions is at the forefront of a campaign advocating for a New Zealand nation-wide shared repository for physical oceanographic data.  

Currently  there is no central location for researchers within New Zealand to store and access physical oceanographic data. As a result, historical data is often not easily discoverable, leading to resource waste as data collection efforts are duplicated. As a consultancy company, MetOcean Solutions is one of many organisations that generate and use large amounts of oceanographic data.

Preliminary discussions indicate that the proposal for an open-access database has wide ranging support from stakeholders as diverse universities, research institutes and regional councils. Encouraged by the positive response, MetOcean Solutions engaged Basam Barakat, a Masters student from the University of Delft in the Netherlands. As part of his Science Communications Masters, Basam is currently completing an internship with MetOcean Solutions to further investigate the data sharing needs of Regional Councils.

MetOcean Solutions Managing Director Dr Peter McComb notes "We have been talking about the need for a repository for over a decade. With a collective nationwide will this can now happen very easily, using existing technology.”

MetOcean Solutions currently operate a map-based searchable database for in-house use, and have designed and maintain a system for Woodside Energy Ltd to manage their immensely valuable metocean database containing data reaching back 30 years.

Basam Barakat is investigating the data sharing needs of New Zealand stakeholders for his Masters internship in Science Communications.

Basam Barakat is investigating the data sharing needs of New Zealand stakeholders for his Masters internship in Science Communications.