With their global capability and diverse array of sensors, the U.S. academic research fleet is an essential mobile observing platform for ocean science. Data collected on every expedition are of high value, especially given the high costs and increasingly limited resources for ocean exploration. The Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) program aims to develop comprehensive fleet-wide management of underway data to ensure preservation of and access to our national oceanographic research data resources.

R2R provides a central gateway through which underway data from oceanographic expeditions will be routinely cataloged and securely transmitted to national long-term archives including the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). Data submission will be established through vessel operators rather than individual science parties.

R2R will provide essential data documentation for each expedition, and tools to improve documentation of the wide array of shipboard data acquisition activities typical of modern expeditions. Protocols will be developed for post-cruise quality assessment of priority underway data types and feedback to operators. Quality assessment of meteorological data will be implemented in near-real-time in partnership with the SAMOS program.

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