BODC has been or is currently involved in the following international projects and initiatives
- Argo — Ongoing
Argo aims to deploy a global array of profiling floats. This will result in the long-term systematic measurement of physical state of the upper ocean. BODC acts as the UK Argo Data Centre and the Southern Ocean Argo Regional Centre.
- Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) — 1995 - 2010
CLIVAR seeks to better understand and predict our climate in order to take precautions and to reduce impacts of climate variability and change on our planet. BODC acts as the CLIVAR Moored Instrument and Sea Level Data Assembly Centres.
- Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES) — Ongoing
DIMES aims to measure diapycnal and isopycnal mixing along the tilting isopycnals of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) in the Southern Ocean.
- General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) — Ongoing
The goal of GEBCO is to provide the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetry for the world's oceans.
- GEOTRACES — 2006 - 2016
GEOTRACES is an international programme that aims to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs) in the marine environment.
- Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) — Ongoing
GLOSS aims to establish high quality global and regional sea level networks for application to climate, oceanographic and coastal sea level research.
- World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) sea level — Completed
WOCE aimed to improve our understanding of how ocean circulation affects the Earth's climate. BODC had joint responsibility for the WOCE sea level data and acted as the UK data centre for ship based and moored instruments.
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