British Oceanographic Data Centre – a MEDIN DAC since march 2009

about BODC

The British Oceanographic Data Centre is a national facility for storing and distributing data concerning the marine environment. Our origins and experience date back to 1969 and the creation of the British Oceanographic Data Service (BODS). We are part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's network of data centres, providing a resource for science, education and industry, as well as the wider public.

data held

We deal with biological, chemical, physical and geophysical data. Our databases contain measurements of many thousands of different variables. Our approach to marine data management involves careful storage, quality control and archiving of data so they are unaffected by changes in technology. We often work alongside scientists during projects to provide a data management service during the life time of the project.

RRS Charles Darwin. Natural Environment Research Council.

submitting data

Our parent body, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), requires that all marine environmental data generated from projects they support be deposited with us. We are also pleased to accept data from other sources. We endeavour to integrate the data supplied into a documented, processed data set, enabling maximum and long-term use of data. We have an agreed data management role for certain projects. Data for these projects are submitted through Project Data Managers (contact information is given in the BODC project data management pages. For all other data submission please contact the BODC Enquiries Officer.

accessing data

Our goal is to provide direct access and online delivery to all data holdings. Our data applications give direct access and online delivery to over 80,000 data series (National Oceanographic Database (NODB) ). The NODB offers: anonymous searching; 'online shopping' with basket and check out; various data formats; secure access control; user request tracking and auto-download. We are also making available over 2.4 million discrete water bottle samples of chemical, biological and physical parameters.

contact details


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


+44 (0) 151 795 4884


+44 (0) 151 795 4912