Submit your data

Model data submission

Under the NERC Environmental Data Service, BODC now have the capability to archive and publish high volume datasets on the CEDA Archive hosted on JASMIN.

Please contact your designated BODC project manager or the BODC Enquiries Officer if you have model data that you would like to submit.

Standard of data

Model data submissions to BODC should be the output of exemplar simulation runs, which solve a particular research or experimental need, for a particular set of physical circumstances. The outcomes generated by the simulation(s) should be of a publishable quality.

BODC will not take output from simulations carried out as part of model development work, or from test runs carried out to identify good parameterisations to use in a future exemplar run. Data must be of long term value to the wider community. BODC do not tend to archive high volume outputs that are easily reproducible by an average end user, but some exceptions can be made.

BODC also publish code alongside model outputs whenever possible. We are also able to make code discoverable even if we are not archiving any outputs for your project through an EDMED record. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about this.

Format description

Data must be supplied in a compliant Climate and Forecast (CF) netCDF format. BODC also encourage the use of standard internal compression of netCDF files. Please get in contact with us if you need any assistance or information.

Metadata submission

All outputs will need to be accompanied by adequate metadata and a comprehensive abstract for the dataset. Please fill in and submit our metadata submission template alongside your data. You should also provide details of the metadata information you have placed in the CF header of the files. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Additionally, any documentation you may have that relates to the simulations being submitted is also of use to BODC and should be supplied wherever possible. This would include journal references if they are available.

Finally, a description of the simulations, in a non-technical language, must be provided so that the simulation set-up conditions can be made available to end users of differing technical experience. The description must provide enough detail so that users would have confidence to use your text as a source of information on the model simulations.