Australian Oceanographic Data Centre (AODC)
is recognized internationally by the IOC as the national data center for the acquisition, archival and management of physical oceanographic data in Australia and is the focal point for international data exchange
is an exhaustive listing of ocean-related sites covering all major marine disciplines.
U.S. National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC)
is one of the environmental data centres operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NODC provides ocean data management and ocean data services to researchers and other users in the United States and around the world. Resources include evolving access to NODC Oceanographic Databases and other on-line data sources.
provides a broad array of data with many geoscientific applications.
Most of these institutions, which include governmental organisations, research centres, and universities, have websites with links to research programmes, databases and general information on the ocean and atmosphere. Some outstanding sites, such as those maintained by National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), NOAA and the US Geological Survey (USGS), offer near-real time information on the marine environment based on satellite and field (ships, ocean moorings) observations.
Geoscience Australia's Marine and Coastal
activities provide data, technical information, advice and research for maritime boundary definition, regional marine planning, and environmental management. Their diversity reflects the wide range of environmental settings of Australia's long coastline (almost 60,000km in length) and large offshore jurisdiction.
Ocean Mapping Group, University of New Brunswick
develops advanced ocean mapping capabilities. Research is focused on developing new and innovative techniques and tools for the management, processing, visualization and interpretation of ocean mapping data.
The Bedford Institute of Oceanography
is Canada's largest centre for ocean research and first major federal center devoted to oceanography. Four government departments perform targeted research and advise on marine environments including fisheries and offshore hydrocarbon resources, provide navigational charts for waters from Georges Bank to the Canadian Arctic, and respond to environmental emergencies.
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Seas (IFREMER)
aims to further the knowledge and means to protect and restore the marine environment as well as assessing and enhancing the exploitation of offshore resources. This information is provided to assist public, governmental and scientific bodies. IFREMER also operates the national research fleet.
is a major institute devoted to marine research that involves disciplines ranging from geology of the ocean floor to marine meteorology. The institute operates world-wide in all ocean basins. The main research topics are grouped into Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor.
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
undertakes research activities ranging from small-scale measurement of turbulence up to studies of the large-scale ocean currents, and from local air and noise pollution up to studies of global-scale climate change.
Institute of Oceanology PAS
conducts scientific research into the shelf seas and coastal regions including the Baltic and European Arctic Seas.
National Oceanographic Centre
(formerly the Southampton Oceanographic Centre) is one of the worlds leading centres for research and education in marine and earth sciences, for the development of marine technology, and for the provision of large-scale infrastructure and support to the marine research community. It is an extensive and informative website.
The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Liverpool, carries out oceanographic research into global sea-levels and geodesy, numerical modeling of currents over the continental shelf, and coastal sediment processes. This research, together with surveying, monitoring, data management and forecasting, gives strategic support for the wider mission of the Natural Environment Research Council.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
is a leading research institution where more than 200 research scientists seek fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. It includes El Nino and climate related info
. and the RIDGE Multibeam Synthesis Project, which aims to create a large database of multibeam bathymetry and distribute the database via Internet and CD ROMs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
has a range of centres and laboratories investigating the ocean and seafloor from engineering, hydrodynamic, geologic, oceanographic and atmospheric science perspectives.
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
conducts multidisciplinary programmes of scientific research and advanced technological development directed toward maritime applications of new and improved materials, techniques, equipment, systems.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
conducts research encompassing physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans. Ongoing investigations include the topography and composition of the ocean floor, waves and currents, and the flow and interchange of matter between seawater and the ocean bottom or the atmosphere. The site also includes the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
and Centre for Coastal Studies, and is a major resource of oceanographic data and general information.
University of Delaware
includes the Ocean Information Centre (OCEANIC), which maintains information on the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and related data and information sources, TOGA Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA COARE)