Data, information and services

It is very expensive to collect data in the ocean, which is a constantly changing environment. Consequently we need to preserve these valuable data assets for the long term and make them easily available. Basic data, suitably interpreted, is the bedrock of all scientific knowledge about the oceans and underpins the ability to provide advice and information products and services to government, business, industry and the public. For this reason NOC hosts a variety of national facilities and information and data services.

British Oceanographic Data Centre

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is a national facility for looking after and distributing data concerning the marine environment.

The Discovery Collections

The Discovery Collections comprises both benthic and pelagic samples from many parts of the World's oceans.

British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility

BOSCORF is the UK national deep sea core repository, set up to store marine sediment cores collected by ships researchers.

NERC Data Catalogue Service

The data collected by NERC provide a unique and irreplaceable environmental record.


National Oceanographic Library

The library is a national resource for the UK marine science community and plays a full part in supporting our research strategy.

Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level

PSMSL is responsible for the collection, publication, analysis and interpretation of sea level data from the global network of tide gauges.

Products and services

A wide range of products and services will help you get the most from our science.

What we offer

About data management

Many advances and fresh insights in marine research have been made by scientists re-examining data combined from various sources.

British Oceanographic Data Centre

Our databases contain measurements of nearly 22,000 different variables - BODC website.

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

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