British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)

Celebrating 50 years of the British Oceanographic Data Centre 

Bidston Observatory, Wirral. The home of BODC from 1975 to 2004

Today, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) celebrates its 50th anniversary with an international meeting looking at the “Past, present and future: successes and challenges in managing marine data”.


Clipper 1851

The NOC hosted and led the 4th International Workshop on Advances in the Use of Historical Climate data (MARCDAT-IV) from the 18th – 22nd July, with 47 participants from 12 countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, China (incl., Hong Kong), Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the USA).

Global marine data to become unified and accessible


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.

New national database of coastal flooding launched

Flooding in Whitstable

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have helped to compile a new database of coastal flooding in the UK over the last 100 years, which will provide crucial information to help prevent future flooding events.

BODC to host NERC funded ‘Hackathon’

Envirohack 2015

A NERC funded ‘Hackathon’ will take place at the Digital Catapult Centre in London between 27 and 28 February. This event is being organised by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and will provide an exciting opportunity to hack environmental data and create value from Linked Open Data sets.

New Head of British Oceanographic Data Centre appointed

Dr Graham Allen

Dr Graham Allen will take up a permanent position as Head of the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) on 4 August. The BODC’s role is to facilitate high quality research outcomes by connecting stakeholders to oceanographic data and the knowledge from this, with consequential economic, environmental and societal impacts.