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System of Industry Metocean Data for the Offshore and Research Communities (SIMORC) metocean data from offshore oil and gas fields.

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectSystem of industry metocean data for the offshore and research communities(SIMORC)
Time periodFrom 23rd January 1961 onwards (ongoing).
Geographical area

Worldwide coverage at locations of offshore oil and gas fields.


Sea level; Date and time; Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Wave direction; Platform or instrument orientation; Wave height estimates; Ice motion and related parameters; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Moored instrument depth; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Density of the water column; Sound velocity and travel time in the water column; Temperature of the water column; Spectral wave data parameters; Wave height and period statistics; Horizontal platform movement; Vertical platform movement; Snow and ice mass, thickness and extent; Solar Radiation; Engineering parameters


Anemometers; meteorological packages; wave recorders; sea level recorders; current meters; current profilers; water temperature sensor; thermistor chains; precipitation samplers; sound velocity sensors; water body temperature sensor; surface current radars; salinity sensor; snow and ice samplers; observers; CTD


This dataset comprises metocean (current, wave,wind, meteorology and water level) data collected by oil companies Shell, BP and Total at their offshore oil and gas fields worldwide. It does not included the hindcast modelling simulations which were run on behalf of these oil companies; just the metocean measurements. Additionally, some data on the effect of water motion on platform stability, corrosion (dissolved oxygen concentration), ice thickness and movement and hydrography (vertical profiles of salinity, temperature and density and occasionally sound velocity) are included. The vast majority of the data were measured by instruments, although some human observations of wind speed and wave height and direction are also included. Geographic coverage is worldwide, according to the location of offshore oil and gas fields: NE and NW Atlantic, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Caspian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Guinea, South Atlantic, Magellan Straits, Sea of Okhotsk, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Seram Sea, Malacca Straits, Makassar Strait. The earliest dataset was collected in 1961 and the most recent in 2010. Collection is ongoing. At present, there are over 2550 datsets covering more than 2000 years of observations of winds, waves, currents and sealevels.

OriginatorsBP Exploration & Production
Shell UK Exploration and Production Limited
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityLicence; by negotiation
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0)151 795 4884
Facsimile+44 (0)151 795 4912
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048SIMORC
Global identifier4276
Last revised2011-01-26