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Updated PO.DAAC State of the Ocean (SOTO) visualization tool, version 4.3.0

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce an update to the PO.DAAC State of the Ocean (SOTO) visualization tool.

Version 4.3.0 is now available online at https://podaac-tools.jpl.nasa.gov/soto/. For questions or to provide feedback, please visit the State Of The Ocean (SOTO) Forum.

SOTO is a suite of tools presented through an interactive, web-based visualization front end. It provides access to a broad range of satellite-derived products with key parameters of interest to the oceanographic community. SOTO facilitates visual exploration and comparative analysis of physical oceanographic data, enabling scientific oceanographic, climate, and related research.

SOTO version 4.3.0 provides the full dataset record for ASCAT Wind Vectors (2007 to present) and OSCAR Ocean Current Vectors (1992 to present), as well as an adjustment of the OSCAR Ocean Current Speed range from 0-0.5 m/s to 0-1 m/s. Additionally, metrics have been implemented to help PO.DAAC monitor SOTO functionality to better meet the needs of the user community.

To best experience SOTO, we recommend using a recent version of one of the following browsers:  Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.  (Note that Internet Explorer is not currently supported.)  Additionally, we recommend that prior to first loading the new SOTO, you clear your browser's cache.

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Important Information for Users:

NASA is in the process of deprecating the use of the FTP protocol for data and information access. PO.DAAC is pleased to offer PO.DAAC Drive as a robust FTP alternative for browsing and retrieving data at PO.DAAC (https://podaac-tools.jpl.nasa.gov/drive/).  It offers file navigation and download through an interface served directly through your browser, and with a familiar look and feel.  It also allows users to access data via a command line so that interactions can be easily scripted. The entire PO.DAAC archive can also be mounted to a local computer as a virtual data store.

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