What is MATOS?

The MATOS data portal is a web-based tool for researchers and natural resource professionals of the ACT Network to submit acoustic telemetry data for cross matching between projects. MATOS allows researchers to upload data and corresponding metadata to the password-protected ACT_MATOS node, which is compatible with the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) parent node. Data submitted to the ACT_MATOS node are cross matched between other regional OTN-compatible nodes and data are subsequently shared with users (tag and array owners) who subscribe to the OTN-compatible database management system.

Headquartered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Ocean Tracking Network is a global aquatic research, data management, and partnership platform that provides global tracking coverage through strategically positioned receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment that leverage existing receiver capacity. OTN benefits the ACT Network by semi-automating cross matching of acoustic telemetry detections between OTN-compatible regional nodes and assuring quality control of metadata submitted to the OTN database management system via the MATOS data portal.

The MATOS system was developed as a joint effort among the Mid Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Animal Telemetry Network (ATN). Supporting partners include the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). MATOS is administered by RPS, a Tetra Tech company.

Questions? Get answers at east.coast.telemetry@gmail.com