What is IGMETS

IGMETS is ...

- the International Group for Marine Ecological Time Series (IGMETS).

- an advocate for highlighting the importance of continued sampling by (and funding of) the existing marine time series that are needed for studying and understanding marine ecosystems in our changing world.

- an effort led by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) and the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program (OCB) to identify and integrate a suite of in-situ biogeochemical variables from time-series stations, together with satellite-derived information, to look at holistic changes within different ocean regions, explore plausible reasons and connections at a global level, and highlight any locations of especially large changes that may be of special importance.

- a collective effort of time series scientists working together to prepare a comprehensive, integrated report which will be published under the auspices of IOC-UNESCO and will bring together the ship-based, biogeochemical time-series community in a way never before attempted.

- a collection of over 300 marine time series (and growing).


IGMETS is not ...

- a funded, long-term program.  (IGMETS is a collection of concerned scientists and time series researchers.)

- is not pursuing time series collected by buoy, floats, pier-mounted sensors, or AUV platforms.  (IGMETS is focusing on ship-based chemical and biological data elements.)

- is not pursuing time series that do not contain at least some bottle or biological elements.  (IGMETS will not pursue "temperature and salinity only" time series).

- is not a database and does not have a data management mandate or funding to even attempt to pursue such capabilities.