Perspectives on Marine Data Science as a Blueprint for Emerging Data Science Disciplines.

Verwega, Maria-Theresa , Trahms, Carola, Antia, Avan N., Dickhaus, Thorsten, Prigge, Enno , Prinzler, Martin H. U., Renz, Matthias, Schartau, Markus , Slawig, Thomas, Somes, Christopher J. and Biastoch, Arne (2021) Perspectives on Marine Data Science as a Blueprint for Emerging Data Science Disciplines. Open Access Frontiers in Marine Science, 8 . Art.Nr. 678404. DOI 10.3389/fmars.2021.678404.

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Earth System Sciences have been generating increasingly larger amounts of heterogeneous data in recent years. We identify the need to combine Earth System Sciences with Data Sciences, and give our perspective on how this could be accomplished within the sub-field of Marine Sciences. Marine data hold abundant information and insights that Data Science techniques can reveal. There is high demand and potential to combine skills and knowledge from Marine and Data Sciences to best take advantage of the vast amount of marine data. This can be accomplished by establishing Marine Data Science as a new research discipline. Marine Data Science is an interface science that applies Data Science tools to extract information, knowledge, and insights from the exponentially increasing body of marine data. Marine Data Scientists need to be trained Data Scientists with a broad basic understanding of Marine Sciences and expertise in knowledge transfer. Marine Data Science doctoral researchers need targeted training for these specific skills, a crucial component of which is co-supervision from both parental sciences. They also might face challenges of scientific recognition and lack of an established academic career path. In this paper, we, Marine and Data Scientists at different stages of their academic career, present perspectives to define Marine Data Science as a distinct discipline. We draw on experiences of a Doctoral Research School, MarDATA, dedicated to training a cohort of early career Marine Data Scientists. We characterize the methods of Marine Data Science as a toolbox including skills from their two parental sciences. All of these aim to analyze and interpret marine data, which build the foundation of Marine Data Science.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Marine Data Science; interface science; emerging science; Ph.D training; Data Science; Marine Sciences; Earth System Sciences
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-OD Ocean Dynamics
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Main POF Topic: PT2: Ocean and Cryosphere
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Publisher: Frontiers
Projects: MarDATA
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 11:42
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 09:29

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