Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

SO-CHIC: a data infrastructure for the Antarctic community

Antonio Novellino, Frederica Colombo, Marco Alba, Jean-Baptiste Sallée and Amelie Lecornec

The project SO-CHIC (Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate) aims at improving our understanding of the heat and carbon exchanges between the atmosphere and the deep ocean, by quantifying their fluxes at the air-sea-ice interface and estimating interannual variability of heat and carbon storage in the Southern Ocean. SO-CHIC brings together old and new observations, and makes these observations openly accessible to maximise impact on climate reports, services, and models. New observations are being collected by means of several platforms (e.g., autonomous surface vehicles, ships and floats and, under ice floats, fixed stations, gliders and deep gliders, etc.). These observations also include parameters, such as radiative and turbulent surface flux, latent heat, fCO2, etc. that should be available together with classical parameters and accessible from a single one stop shopping system. Therefore SO-CHIC is developing a specific data management infrastructure and a data portal to manage and offer these variables, making data and metadata available without any restriction to all interested third parties, including the integration into projects and initiatives such as EMODnet, CMEMS, SeaDataNet. SO-CHIC data management infrastructure also candidates itself to be the new SOOS data management backend. This new infrastructure consists of a data buffer that links/harvests data from operational sources and where data can be pushed by data providers and a cluster of metadata and data publishing tools (GeoNetwork, GeoServer and ERDDAP) to expose metadata and data according FAIR principles. On top of this backend a mapviewer allows general users to search for data by parameter, platform, supporting project, together with applying temporal and spatial filters. Acknowledgments: SO-CHIC project ( has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement #821001.