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The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is a national facility for looking after and distributing data about the marine environment. BODC is the designated marine science data centre for the UK and part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The centre provides a resource for science, education and industry, as well as the general public. BODC is hosted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) — primarily at its facility in Liverpool, with small number of its staff in Southampton.





An international project aims to enable the next great scientific advances in global marine research by making marine data sets more easily accessible to researchers worldwide. Currently, different data formats between research centres pose a challenge to oceanographic researchers, who need unified data sets to get the most complete picture possible of the ocean. This project, called ODIP II, aims to solve this problem using NERC’s world-class vocabulary server to ‘translate’ between these different data semantics. The vocabulary server, which is effectively now an international standard for a service of this kind, was developed by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC); a national facility operated as part of the NOC.




BODC current meter data holdings from around the UK





The origins of the BODC go back to 1969 when the NERC created the British Oceanographic Data Service (BODS). Located at the National Institute of Oceanography, Wormley in Surrey, its purpose was to:

* Act as the UK's National Oceanographic Data Centre
* Participate in the international exchange of data as part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) network of national data centres

In 1975 BODS was transferred to Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, near Liverpool, as part of the newly formed Institute of Oceanographic Sciences. The following year BODS became the Marine Information and Advisory Service (MIAS). Its primary activity was to manage the data collected from weather ships, oil rigs and data buoys. The data banking component of MIAS was restructured to form BODC in April 1989. Its mission was to 'operate as a world-class data centre in support of UK marine science'. BODC pioneered a start to finish approach to marine data management. This involved:

* Assisting in the collection of data at sea
* Quality control of data
* Assembling the data for use by the scientists
* The publication of data sets on CD-ROM

In December 2004, BODC moved to the purpose-built Joseph Proudman Building on the campus of the University of Liverpool. A small number of its staff are based in the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton.








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


Telephone +44 (0) 151 795 4884
Fax +44 (0) 151 795 4912








Head of BODC Leading BODC Liverpool +44 (0)7880 603425
Data Scientist Liaison for non-NERC laboratories. Prospect union representative for NOC Liverpool. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4917
Data Scientist Liaison support for PML. Ocean Acidification project data management support. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4974
Data Scientist MERMAN project management. Liaison support for PML. UK Ocean Acidification project data management support. Data requests. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4955
Data Scientist Liaison for BAS. NERC Arctic Programme data management. Data requests. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4886
Data Scientist UK tidal data management. GLOSS project data management. Sea level liaison for NOC-Liverpool. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4871
Senior Data Scientist Argo project data management. E-AIMS project data management. ODIP. Near real time systems. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4894
Data Scientist GEOTRACES Project Manager. Other responsibilities include: Liaison support for SAMS, Data management support of the Extended Ellett Line. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 9672
Data Scientist Liaison for NOC-Liverpool. NERC Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Project data management support. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4885
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 6162
Data Scientist RAPID Project data management. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 9581
Senior Software Engineer Web software development. Project CDROM BODC software suite (Underway, Mooring, Database and Oracle Explorer). Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4870
Data Scientist NERC Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Project data management. BOSCORF data management. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4883
Software Engineer - Placement Student Software development Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4866
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 6285
Data Scientist Liaison for SMRU. Data management support for Argo project. RAGNARoCC project data management. Outreach co-ordinator. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4892
Webmaster Systems Administration. Web site maintenance and development. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4868
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 6107
Data Scientist Member of MEDIN team. MEDIN portal development. Celtic Seas Partnership Project. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4881
Data Scientist Member of MEDIN team. MEDIN Standards team. Numerical model data management. Discovery Science project contact. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4950
Data Scientist Ice Sheet Stability Project Data management. Argo near-real time processing. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4888
Requests Officer SIMORC project data management. Liaison support for non-NERC laboratories. Data requests. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4884
Data Manager iGlass project data manager DIMES project data manager. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4879
Data Scientist Liaison for SAMS. Data Management for: - FASTNEt. - OSMOSIS - Extended Ellett Line. - RAPID Watch. - SeaDataNet Project. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4890
Data Scientist Liaison support for NOC-Southampton. Macronutrients project support. UK-OSNAP Project Manager. Southampton +44 (0)238 059 3171
Senior Data Scientist Controlled vocabularies and their semantics Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4874
Senior Software Engineer Development of data management software tools. Design and support of visualisation and tidal processing through EDSERPLO and its antecedents. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4866
Technical Consultant BODC IT policy and strategy. Controlled vocabularies and their semantics. NERC Vocabulary server. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4895
Software Engineer Development and maintenance of in-house BODC software applications. Planning and developing interactive web-based Maps for displaying and retrieval of internal data. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4867
Data Scientist Sea level data management. Sea level data requests. NERC Welfare Advisor. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4889
Data Scientist Liaison support for NOC-Southampton. Macronutrients project data manager Southampton +44 (0)238 059 6382
Data Manager RAPID data management. NERC Strategic Research Programme manager. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4887
Scientific Support Support services to BODC Team. Sea level data management. Cruise metadata management. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4872
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4893
Data Scientist iGlass data management support. DIMES data management support. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4974
Senior Data Scientist Biological data management Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4880
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4894
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4878
Data Scientist EuroSITES EU programme data manager. Liaison support for NOC-Southampton. Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 6255
MEDIN Co-ordinator Leading MEDIN. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4949
Software Engineer - Placement Student Software development Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4866
Software Engineer Software developer Access Control components. Web online delivery components. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4876
Deputy Head of BODC Member of MEDIN team. IODE, GLOSS Sea Level Data Archive. EU projects; European data management (e.g. SeaDataNet, EMODNET). Director, Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL). Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4897
Data Scientist NERC RAGNARoCC Project support. Liaison support for NOC Southampton. DIMES Project data management support. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4877
Senior Data Scientist NOC-S liaison. Video data management. Satellite Remote Sensing and Ocean model data management. ESA data user element projects (COASTALT, GlobWave, GUT). Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 6410
Data Scientist Data scientist providing data management support to a variety of NERC-funded projects. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4898
Data Scientist Liaison for PML. AMT, UKOA, MERMAN and MERP data management. Global Ocean Acidification - Observing Network (GOA-ON) and the OA-ICC biological effects data management working group. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4882
IT Manager IT project delivery management. IT policy and strategy. IT resource management. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4891
Database Manager Database support and development. BODC Archive system. NOC Information Security Framework project management. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4869
Data Scientist GEBCO project team. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4873
Data Scientist MEDIN core team. FastNet Project data management support. OSMOSIS Project data management support. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4973
Software Engineer Web software development. Liverpool +44 (0)151 795 4875





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All data series
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Gridded bathymettry data(GEBCO)
UK Tide Gauge Network
Historical UK tide gauge data
International sea level
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OPenDAP/DODS server
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Published Data Library> Level of service
Dataset selection procedures
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Information and inventories>     Biological data
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GLOSS Station Handbook
NERC Data Catalogue Service
International current meters
Summary of BODC holdings
Code and format definitions>    

BODC parameter codes
BODC request (ASCII) format
Ocean Data View (ODV) format
QXF (a netCDF) format
Climate and Forecast (CF) netCDF format
AXF (historical) format
GEBCO grid formats
National Tidal & Sea Level Facility (NTSLF) format
European Sea Level Data (ESLD) format
World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) netCDF format
Vocabulary editor

Submitting data to BODC  
Portals and links> Sea level portal
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