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 British Oceanographic Data Centre 

  a national facility for preserving and distributing marine data  
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We process, archive and distribute biological, chemical, physical and geophysical marine data. Search our environmental measurements database, Published Data Library, Numeric model data portal or other hosted data systems. [more] Find out how to submit data to us across a broad range of common marine data types. Understand the data standards required for a dataset to be published with a DOI. Learn what we do with the data we receive. [more]
Resources Projects and partners
Explore our inventories, search for vocabularies and learn about our Web Services and software products. Find out how to order our digital atlases and the data sets available on CDROM. Find help on using our website and descriptions of the data delivery formats we supply. [more] Explore the data management services we provide to our scientific colleagues during marine research projects and find out about the data management partnerships we have forged with our scientific colleagues at marine research centres. [more]
We also host various data portals and project web sites
RAPID MOC [more]
GEBCO [more]
GLOSS [more]
36 North [more]
SOLAS Integration [more]
UKDMOS [more]
MEDIN [more]
36 North project official web site36 North project official web site
The 36 North project aims to investigate and understand the influences on global climate regulation, with a focus on the current role of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre.
It will seek to further understand the mechanisms which control the heat transport, nutrient and carbon budgets of the North Atlantic Ocean. This will impact on our understanding of how the ocean is warming, phytoplankton growth and how oceans uptake CO2. [visit 36 North]
CARBON-OPS – An operational UK air-sea carbon flux observation capabilityCARBON-OPS – An operational UK air-sea carbon flux observation capability
CARBON-OPS aims to develop an automated supply chain of ocean surface and atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements from selected UK research ships to operational end-users.
The measurements and supporting data are sent in near real-time via satellite to Plymouth Marine Laboratory. They are then forwarded daily to the British Oceanographic Data Centre to undergo an initial level of automated quality control and processing before being displayed on this web site and made available to the project partners. [visit CARBON-OPS]
General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) official web siteGeneral Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) official web site
GEBCO aims to provide the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetry data sets for the world’s oceans.
It consists of an international group of experts who work on the development of a range of bathymetric data sets and data products, including gridded bathymetric data sets, the GEBCO Digital Atlas, the GEBCO world map and the GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names.
GEBCO are also involved in training a new generation of scientists in ocean bathymetry through the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Project. [visit GEBCO]
GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre (GDAC) GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre (GDAC)
GEOTRACES is an international programme which aims to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes in the marine environment. The global field programme will run for at least a decade and will involve cruises in all ocean basins run by a variety of nations.
The aim of the GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre is to provide data management to promote data sharing and collaboration between research groups; and to ensure data are stored safely for long-term use. [visit GEOTRACES]
Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) official web siteGlobal Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) official web site
GLOSS is an international programme conducted under the auspices of the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
GLOSS aims at the establishment of high quality global and regional sea level networks for application to climate, oceanographic and coastal sea level research. The programme became known as GLOSS as it provides data for deriving the 'Global Level of the Sea Surface'. [visit GLOSS]
UKDMOS – UK Directory of the Marine-Observing SystemsUKDMOS – UK Directory of the Marine-Observing Systems
There is a basic requirement to know where, when and what is being monitored by the UK in the marine environment. This information on monitoring programmes was not previously held or accessible from a central point. UKDMOS was built to overcome these difficulties.
UKDMOS provides an internet-based tool for searching monitoring programmes with the aim of providing information to coordinate the monitoring across different organisations. As such UKDMOS contains metadata on parameter groups measured, frequency, start dates and other fields which can be searched spatially using GIS. [visit UKDMOS]
RAPID MOC – Real time data from the RAPID MOC monitoring arrayRAPID MOC – Real time data from the RAPID MOC monitoring array
RAPID MOC (a component of the Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) programme), is part of a monitoring array to measure the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC).
The web site displays real time data (when available) received from two key moorings of the array along with data received from a second telemetry system designed and deployed by researchers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).
Data are also shown from measurements of the Florida Current Transport Project, which is operated by the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami (AOML). [visit RAPID MOC]
Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Project IntegrationSurface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Project Integration
SOLAS is a large international research programme that aims to quantify the exchange of gases and particles between the ocean and the atmosphere and to understand the role that these exchanges play in ocean biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry and climate.
The aim of SOLAS Integration is to bring together these results in order to produce data products, largely in terms of quantitative estimates of air-sea fluxes of the gases and particles measured. These data products can then be used by policy makers and the scientific community to assess the role of ocean-atmosphere interaction in climate, air quality and ocean biogeochemistry. [visit SOLAS Project Integration]

Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)
MEDIN is an open partnership working to deliver improved access to and stewardship of UK marine data and information. Partners represent government departments, research institutions and private value adding companies. The network has created a framework of accredited data archive centres (DACs); provides guidance on metadata and data standards and maintains a suite of data products and services.
BODC is an accredited DAC with specific responsibility to archive water column oceanographic data. We also host the MEDIN core team.
[visit MEDIN]