The web-based data on which our proposal builds is generated at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR) by the NSF-funded Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS). BATS scientists sail monthly to sites in the Sargasso Sea, measuring physical, biological, and chemical characteristics of the ocean.
Measurements made during BATS-related cruises provide the world’s longest continual record of ocean data. This record improves our understanding of seasonal and year-to-year changes in important ocean properties, and allows us to better predict future global change.
BBSR is also the site of other web-based data sets. These include data from Hydrostation S, the longest-running oceanographic time-series in existence, and the BATS Satellite Project. This provides satellite imagery to extend the spatial and temporal reach of BATS data. These real-time satellite color images are also posted on the BATS web site.