The Legacy of in situ Iron Enrichment Experiments: Creation of a Relational, Open-Access Database | POGO

The Legacy of in situ Iron Enrichment Experiments: Creation of a Relational, Open-Access Database

Thirteen ocean iron enrichments have been conducted over the past two decades. Working Group 131 ‘The Legacy of in situ Iron Enrichment: Data Compilation and Modeling’ (http://www.scor-int.org/Working_Groups/wg131.htm) of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research has set out to capture and safeguard the richness of these experiments via the creation of a relational, open-access database at the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

The data of nine experiments (IronEx I and II, SOIREE, SOFeX North and South, SERIES, SEEDS I and II and SAGE) are directly available from BCO-DMO (http://osprey.bco-dmo.org/program.cfm?flag=viewp&id=10&sortby=program). Data from three further studies (EisenEx, EIFEX and soon LOHAFEX) can be accessed via links to PANGAEA (http://www.pangaea.de). Data from FeeP will be archived at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (http://www.bodc.ac.uk/).
 
The data comprise physical, chemical, biological and optical oceanographic measurements. The experimental data provide a valuable resource for understanding and modeling the functioning of the marine food web and carbon cycling in response to iron addition. Data synthesis might address a variety of topics, for example the ratio of carbon transported to the deep ocean per unit iron added and the role of iron stimulated blooms as a source of climatically active gases.  The experimental data provide a unique benchmark for evaluating geo-engineering proposals.

 

 

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