Project overview

SEA-SEARCH (2002 - 2005) was an EU funded project involving a network of 33 national oceanographic data centres and marine information services from 30 coastal states. Each SEA-SEARCH partner is specialised in managing and distributing oceanographic and marine data.

Enormous investments are made in Europe in marine data acquisition for the European seas and attached open ocean waters. However, no optimal use could be made of these investments and resources because of

  1. lack of awareness of existing data
  2. incompatibility and disparity between data sets
  3. differences in quality assurance standards
  4. limited access to data
  5. differences in, or even lack of, data management methodologies

The primary goal of SEA-SEARCH was to alleviate these problems by providing users with a central overview and access to ocean and marine data and information in a wider Europe.

Together the SEA-SEARCH partners developed a number of inventories and overviews. These included

The SEA-SEARCH project ended in 2005. The above services are now being developed further by the EU SeaDataNet project.

Related SEA-SEARCH pages at BODC

Contents      Data inventories
BODC's role      Other links
Data dictionaries SeaDataNet

Related external links

Official SeaDataNet web site