Last September, the Copernicus Marine Service launched its MyOcean viewer, a tool for visualising ocean data.
Today marks the launch of an updated version with added features.
But that’s not all.
We are also pleased to present two new ocean data viewers:
MyOcean Light – designed for businesses, the media and the general public, and
MyOcean Learn – an educational tool developed with students in mind
From information about temperature and acidity to waves and currents, MyOcean puts ocean data, charts and time series at your fingertips.
It broadens access to Copernicus Marine data and supports society to understand and adapt to our changing environment.
The original version of the tool – MyOcean Pro – is incredibly powerful and provides a wealth of information that is invaluable for scientists.
But for broader society looking to discover and explore ocean data – for example members of the public seeking a warm place to swim, or shipping companies looking for an ice-free route through Arctic waters– we wanted to create something more straightforward.
This lighter version of the tool presents nine different variables – temperature, salinity, water velocity, wave height, wind, sea ice, chlorophyll, pH (ocean acidification) and dissolved oxygen – on a map of the world and links directly to a data catalogue providing near real-time data and forecasts.
When you select one of these variables, a sliding scale appears that enables you to explore how it has changed since January 2019 (or January 2018 for wind).
For any variable that changes with ocean depth, another slider lets you go down to 5,700 metres below the ocean surface.
You can click on any point in the ocean to get more detailed information about that location, and you can even share a link to your selection, download images and videos (a feature coming in the next few weeks), embed your selection into another webpage, and talk to an ocean expert through the tool.
For those curious to find out more about the ocean and the data that the Copernicus Marine Service provides, we are also delighted to launch MyOcean Learn.
This educational version of the tool is also created using Copernicus Marine data and is updated twice a year.
It provides educational material, including videos, making it ideal for teaching young people about the ocean.
MyOcean Learn presents six variables – sea ice, salinity, temperature, currents, chlorophyll and waves.
You can click on each variable to view the data mapped on a globe, zoom in on specific locations, and see how the variables have changed over time.
For example, you can explore how sea ice has evolved since 1993, and how the temperature of the ocean changed throughout 2020.
To discover educational content for any of the variables, you can click on 'Learn more’ to find explanations, videos and real-life examples of how the data is used.
From supporting coral reef conservation with temperature data, to protecting sea turtles with chlorophyll data, young people are sure to find a use case that fascinates them.
“To fulfil our commitment to raise public awareness about the ocean, we developed this educational version of the viewer to share instructive data animations on the globe,” explains Fabrice Messal, who developed the tool.
“We already have an offline version that is used in various museum and aquarium exhibitions, as well as in international conferences.
We hope that teachers, parents, children and even associations and NGOs will use this online version to learn, share and teach.
Because we can only protect well what we know well.”
MyOceanPro provides direct access to over 300 Copernicus Marine Service products with hundreds of data subsets and many possibilities to carry out calculations on the data.
It provides you with the possibility to zoom in on regions of interest, to select specific locations for making calculations and discovering detailed information, and to make point-and-click queries to see information at depth and how variables for selected regions have changed over time.
Explore the temperature of the ocean with this embedded preview of MyOcean Pro
> Read more about MyOcean Pro and see tutorials
> Explore our three MyOcean viewers (Light, Learn and Pro)
*The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) is implemented by Mercator Ocean International on behalf of the European Commission.