Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Data delivery

BODC encourages the use of its data holdings for science and education, and by the wider public. Data are made available under a licence agreement governing the acceptable use of the data. In the case of NERC-funded data, the conditions are in line with the NERC Data Policy.

Publicly accessible data

We are committed to improving access to our data holdings via our web site and have a policy of continual improvement. Many data sets are accessible to download or request online from the data section of our web site.

BODC works with other oceanographic data centres across Europe to improve access to data. We are the UK partner in the SeaDataNet network and participate in the European Sea Level Service (ESEAS). We act as the coordinating centre for the

We also manage the catalogue of the UK research vessel activities prepared from Cruise Summary Reports. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) maintains a database of research vessel activities from other countries, including entries from the UK submitted by BODC.

Further help

Should you be unable to find the data you require or are interested in accessing a restricted data set please contact Mark Hebden who will be happy to assist you.

Restricted data

Access to data is often restricted initially, to allow data originators sufficient time to prepare their publications. Whilst data are restricted from the public domain, no data will be transferred to parties without the explicit agreement of the originator.


Related SAMS liaison pages at BODC

Introduction    Data inventories
BODC's role    Other links
Data submission     

Related external links

Official SAMS web site     NERC Data Catalogue Service