SOCAT - Frequently Asked Questions


1.    Where can I learn more about the SOCAT data collection?

2.    What datasets are included in the SOCAT data collection?
3.    How should I cite the SOCAT data products?

          Version 3: Bakker et al. (2016) ;

          Version 2: Bakker et al. (2014);
          Version 1 (synthesis data products): Pfeil et al. (2013);
          Version 1 (gridded data product): Sabine et al. (2013) and Pfeil et al. (2013). 4.    What are the agreed-upon SOCAT QC flags?

5.    How was fCO2 computed for data sets that reported other CO2 parameters?
6.    How can I get a quick overview of the SOCAT data collection?

7.    How can I download all or parts of the SOCAT data collection?


8.    How can I get the SOCAT data collection into Matlab?
9.    How can I access the SOCAT data collection in Ocean Data View (ODV)?

10.   What is the SOCAT Fair Data Use Statement?
  1. Generously acknowledge the contribution of SOCAT data providers and investigators in the form of invitation to co-authorship, reference to relevant scientific articles by data providers or by naming data providers in the acknowledgements. 
    Specifically, in regional studies invite large data providers, who frequently possess valuable expert knowledge on data and region, to collaborate at an early stage, which may lead to an invitation of co-authorship.
    We recognize that co-authorship is only justified in case of a significant scientific contribution to a publication and that provision of data on its own does not warrant co-authorship.
  2. Cite SOCAT and its data products as:
    Version 3: Bakker et al. (2016);
    Version 2: Bakker et al. (2014);
    Version 1 (synthesis data products): Pfeil et al. (2013);
    Version 1 (gridded data product): Sabine et al. (2013) and Pfeil et al. (2013).
  3. Include in the acknowledgements:
    ‘The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) is an international effort, endorsed by the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP), the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) and the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research program (IMBER), to deliver a uniformly quality-controlled surface ocean CO2 database. The many researchers and funding agencies responsible for the collection of data and quality control are thanked for their contributions to SOCAT.’
  4. Report problems to submit@socat.info.
  5. Inform submit@socat.info of publications in which SOCAT is used.

11. For further advice, please, contact the SOCAT investigators.


Using the SOCAT Data Set and Gridded Data Viewers

1.    What are the SOCAT Data Set and Gridded Data Viewers?

2.    What types of output can the SOCAT Data Set Viewer provide?

3.    How do I select data from specific data sets on the SOCAT Data Set Viewer?
4.   How do I download data from the SOCAT Data Set Viewer?
5.    How do I obtain the metadata and quality control comments for specific data sets?
6.    How can I see the locations where data are missing on the SOCAT Data Set Viewer?


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