Submitting data to BODC

Current meter data guide

BODC aims to ensure that all data incorporated into our database are adequately documented to allow long term viability and future access. Therefore, key data set information (metadata) are important for each data set we receive.

Our 'General guide to data submission' provides details of

Information specific to current meter data are described below. Metadata may be supplied in any standard document format (i.e. Microsoft Word or text), included in file headers or by providing a literature reference. Please do not be discouraged from sending us data even if some of the information is unavailable. We fully understand that there are many reasons why the standards specified may not be completely achieved.

Instructions for other data types are also available.

Data standard

Raw and quality controlled current meter data should, whenever possible, be stored at the original sampling frequency. All parameters measured as part of the series (i.e. temperature, pressure, conductivity) should be included with the data.

Current velocity may be expressed in terms of speed and direction and/or east and north components. Indicate whether the data have been corrected for magnetic variation and provide the assumed magnetic variation.

Metadata specific to current meter data

Deployment details

Instrument details

Mooring details

Data sampling/processing


Related BODC pages

Submitting data to BODC     Moored ADCP data submission guide
General guide for data submission   BODC data processing
Moored instrument data submission guide   Project data management