Submitting data to BODC

Moored instrument data submission

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 moored instrument 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 moored instrument data should, whenever possible, be stored at the original sampling frequency. All parameters measured and derived as part of the series (i.e. significant wave height, mean spectral period, peak period, wave direction, maximum wave height, surface sea water temperature) should be included with the data.

Metadata specific to moored instrument data

A template log has been created to assist originators if no formal means of recording metadata is in place. The log Download the mooring log template in Microsoft Excel (71 KB) or Download the mooring log template in Adobe PDF (84 KB) includes fields for moored instrument configuration, mooring deployment, recovery and data download. Once completed, it should be sent to BODC so that the information it contains can be included in the moored instrument inventory.

Deployment details

Instrument details

Mooring details

Data sampling/processing

Related BODC pages

Submitting data to BODC      BODC data processing
General guide to data submission   Project data management