The mission of OceanSITES is to collect, deliver and promote the use of high-quality data from long-term, high-frequency observations at fixed locations in the open ocean.

Time series observations at critical or representative locations are an essential element of a global ocean observing system to complement a range of other approaches. They can provide a unique view of the full temporal behavior of a system, accurate reference and long-time baseline data, and the maximum possible range of interlinked variables from the seafloor to the atmosphere while enabling shared resources.

OceanSITES is the global network with a mission to enable, motivate, and support the delivery of these high-quality and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) multidisciplinary long time series data.

The network is composed of a Science Committee and a Data Management Team with representatives of the sites. The Science Committee elects an Executive Committee that is led by two co-chairs and receives support from a technical coordinator. 

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