The Surface Ocean CO2 Reference Observing Network (SOCONET) is a volunteer group of established operators who provide quality global surface ocean CO2 data. SOCONET tracks observations and data following established network principles.
SOCONET participants perform automated measurements of surface water and atmospheric CO2 from ships of opportunity and moorings. The data are used to quantify global air-sea CO2 fluxes and trends in surface water CO2 levels. The air-sea are fluxes key to assess the global carbon balance, and the trend determines ocean acidification.
The network partners will work collaboratively to measure the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) from ships and moorings. The reference data will be acquired following standard operating procedures. SOCONET will disseminate data and data products openly.
Last updated October 24, 2019