The mission of OceanSITES is to collect, deliver and promote the use of high-quality data from long-term, high-frequency observations at fixed locations in the open ocean. OceanSITES typically aim to collect multidisciplinary data worldwide from the full-depth water column as well as the overlying atmosphere.
Time series observations at critical or representative locations are one essential element of a global ocean observing system to complement a range of other approaches. They can provide: a unique view of the full temporal behavior of a system; accurate reference and long-time baseline data; and the maximum possible range of interlinked variables from the seafloor to the atmosphere while enabling shared resources.
OceanSITES project : http://www.oceansites.org
OceanSITES data : http://www.oceansites.org/data/index.html
OceanSITES technical documentation: http://www.oceansites.org/documents/index.html
OceanSITES Data Format Reference Manual (formerly User's Guide)
Implementation of NetCDF for OceanSITES