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What is BODC?
The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is a national facility for looking after and distributing data concerning the marine environment.
Our data holdings
We deal with biological, chemical, physical and geophysical data. Our databases contain measurements of nearly 22,000 different variables. Many of our staff have direct experience of marine data collection and analysis. They work alongside information technology specialists to ensure that data are documented and stored for current and future use.
Our approach to marine data management involves
- Careful storage, quality control and archiving of data so they are unaffected by changes in technology and will be available into the future.
- Distributing data to scientists, education, industry and the public — our goal is to enable online access to all data via our web site.
- Working alongside scientists during marine research projects — we provide a data management service during the lifetime of the project.
Why do we do it?
Data are precious — they are fundamental to the understanding of the processes that control our natural environment.
The data help provide answers to both local questions (such as the likelihood of coastal flooding) or global issues (such as the impact of climate change). The better we can predict these events, the better we can protect ourselves into the future.
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