Friday, 7 March 2008

International Inventory of Moored Current Meters

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) announces the launch of the improved international inventory of moored current meters. This online search facility has undergone a major redevelopment resulting in increased user functionality.

Its entries have been sourced from more than 20 international organisations & committees responsible for data dissemination and provides contact information should you wish to access the data.

The distribution of entries within the international inventory of moored current meters
The distribution of entries within the international inventory of moored current meters ©

Each search provides the means to download a comma-separated file of metadata. For entries supplied by BODC, the application provides a direct link to our online data request facility, which eliminates the need for the user to repeat their search to request our data holdings.

BODC maintain the inventory as part of our responsibilities as the UK's National Oceanographic Data Centre within the framework of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Currently, the inventory comprises over 32,000 records relating to current meter deployments by more than 140 organisations. Not all deployments will have returned data and usage restrictions may vary.

Search capabilities

You may opt to use a simple or advanced query form. Both forms allow you to build a query from a number of categories, each of which is initially set to a broad default value that you can make narrower. The results of your search are presented in tables and on a interactive map.

The simple search allows you to search by

  • geographic area
  • deployment date
  • originator's country and organisation

The advanced search provides additional options, namely

  • deployment duration
  • instrument
  • parameters measured
  • water depth
  • instrument depth

You may also opt to include/exclude those entries with known data restrictions and deployments where it is known that the instrument malfunctioned.

BODC also maintains the UK inventory of moored current meter data.

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