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Core IOOS Variables

The 34 IOOS Core Variables: Ocean observing measurements required to detect and predict changes in the ocean

PHYSICS:

Bathymetry
Bottom character
Currents
Heat flux
Ice distribution
Salinity
Sea level
Surface waves
Stream  flow
Temperature
Wind speed and direction

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY:

Acidity
Colored dissolved organic matter
Contaminants
Dissolved nutrients
Dissolved Oxygen
Ocean color
Optical properties
Pathogens
Partial pressure of CO2
Total suspended matter

BIOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEMS:

Biological vital rates
Coral species and abundance
Fish species/abundance
Invertebrate species and abundance
Marine mammal species/abundance
Microbial species/abundance/activity
Nekton diet
Phytoplankton species/abundance
Sea birds species/abundance
Sea turtles species/abundance
Submerged aquatic vegetation species/abundance
Sound
Zooplankton species/abundance