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Division of Ocean Sciences
Data and Sample Policy
Table of Contents
I. Purpose
II. Philosophy
III. General Data Policy
IV. Proposal Requirements
V. Reporting Requirements
VI. More Specific Guidance
VII. Sample Policy
Appendix I. National Data Centers
Appendix II: Program Specific Requirements
Appendix III: Other Database Activities
Appendix IV. Sample Repositories

Appendix I. National Data Centers

The final repositories for environmental data are the following designated National Data Centers. Data are to be submitted according to formats and via the media designated by the national center.

  1. National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)

    Ocean physical data: temperature, salinity, light transmission or attenuation, currents, waves, pressure, sea level, and sound speed.

    Ocean chemistry data: nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, nitrites and silicates; chemical tracers such as helium, tritium, freon and argon; pollutants such as petroleum hydrocarbons, organochloride and organophosphorus pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals. Data may represent chemicals in water samples or biota.

    Ocean biology data: primary productivity; concentrations of pigments in phytoplankton, such as chlorophyll-a; species lists; biomass of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos and nekton; and bioluminescence.

    National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
    Data Officer, E/OC
    1315 East-West Highway
    SSMC3, 4th floor
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
    Phone: (301) 713-3267 x151
    Fax: (301) 713-3301

  2. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

    Surface meteorological data: meteorological data in appropriate World Meteorological Organization formats as part of the Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program: air temperature, sea-surface temperature, dew point temperature, pressure, wind speed and direction, wind and swell waves, weather, short- and long-term radiation, visibility, cloud cover and type, and ice accretion.

    National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
    Federal Building
    151 Patton Ave.
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    Phone: (828) 271-4800
    Fax: (828) 271-4876

  3. National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

    Geophysical, geological and geochemical data: bathymetry, magnetics, gravity, seismic and other quantitative geophysical data; geological data including station locations, collection/storage locations, preliminary descriptions of seafloor samples recovered, and all descriptions and analytical data, including geochemistry, derived from sediment and rock samples, including data from the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP).

    National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
    NOAA, Code E/GC
    325 Broadway
    Boulder, CO 80303-3328
    Phone: (303) 497-6338
    Fax: (303) 497-6513

  4. National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

    Sea ice and other glaciological data: sea ice, icebergs, ice shelves and associated physical oceanographic and meteorological data.

    National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
    Campus Box 449
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, Colorado 80309
    Phone: (303) 492-6199
    Fax: (303) 492-2468

  5. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)

    Carbon dioxide data: archival data for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) CO2 measurements.

    Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    P.O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6335
    Phone: (423) 574-0390
    Fax: (423) 574-2232




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