Launch of International Research Cruise Information website

A joint initiative by Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) and Census of Marine Life (CoML) with financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CoML and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched a new database and website to support more efficient use of ocean-going research vessels, and pooling and combining resources for mutual tuning of planned cruises. The website provides public access to 3 databases, that are maintained in cooperation with the POGO member research institutes and operators of large research vessels worldwide. The databases cover:

  • Characteristics of Research Vessels
  • Planned Research Cruise programmes
  • Cruise Summary Reports of executed cruises

The technical development and facilities for maintenance and web publishing are provided by a subgroup of the SeaDataNet consortium. SeaDataNet is a EU-funded for further development of the Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management. The cooperation between POGO and contributors of SeaDataNet will ensure an efficient use of resources and the development of global standards.