Cruise Summary Reports (CSR = former ROSCOPs) are the usual means for reporting on cruises or field experiments at sea. Traditionally, it is the Chief Scientist's obligation to submit a CSR to his/her National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) not later than two weeks after the cruise. This provides a first level inventory of measurements and samples collected at sea. Currently, the Cruise Summary Reports directory covers cruises from 1873 till today from more than 2.000 research vessels: a total of nearly 53.000 cruises, in all European waters and global oceans. This also includes historic CSRs from European countries, that have been loaded from the ICES database from 1960 onwards.
A online tool "CSR back-office" is available to create and update CSR entries by submitting CSR XML files at SeaDataNet CSR format or by completing online forms. This tool makes use of the Marine-id services. You can choose to use your individual marine-id account or to create/use a generic marine-id account (associated with a generic email), it could be useful if in your organization, several people manage the same CSR entries (in the new CSR back-office, each CSR entry is associated with only one owner).
Note: Chief scientists are advised to contact their NODC (see SeaDataNet partners page) to check whether they have to report directly to the SeaDataNet CSR online back-office or to their NODC, that will then transfer their CSR entries to SeaDataNet.
Previously, the CSR catalogue was managed by BSH (to 2022), the BSH CSR search interface is still available at:
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Services for POGO
On a global scale, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) together with inter alia the Census of Marine Life (CoML) have recognised the need to improve on information sharing on pre-planned, planned, current and past cruises and related databases to enhance awareness of opportunities, to improve costeffectiveness of cruises and to improve data mining.
POGO awarded SeaDataNet the task to develop an International Research Cruise website that will be maintained by POGO member institutes.
This website gives access to the following 3 directories:
1. Worldwide ocean-going research vessels: characteristics of ocean-going vessels larger than 60 m in length. Currently, it includes 159 research vessels, which can be searched on vessel name, country, length, and main activities;
2. Planned research cruises: cruise programmes that can be searched by various criteria and by geographical map;
3. Cruise Summary Reports (CSRs): a special version of the SeaDataNet CSR directory, focusing on all ocean-going vessels longer than 60 m on a global scale.