Thursday, 17 July 2008

GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre (GIDAC)

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) has been chosen to host the GEOTRACES International Data Assembly Centre, which is funded by the US National Science Foundation and the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

Understanding biogeochemical cycling of important trace elements and isotopes in the oceans
Understanding biogeochemical cycling of important trace elements and isotopes in the oceans ©


As part of this commitment, BODC will receive data from national oceanographic data offices and compile datasets for all GEOTRACES key parameters.

Edward Mawji has been appointed the BODC's coordinator. He will be working closely with the GEOTRACES scientists to establish common metadata and format protocols and will also be responsible for the quality control and secure archiving of the data that will be collected during cruises.

GEOTRACES is an international programme focused on understanding biogeochemical cycling of important trace elements and isotopes in the oceans. It is anticipated that the programme will run for approximately ten years and involve in excess of twenty research cruises, run by a variety of nations.

For more information go to the GEOTRACES web site or the BODC GEOTRACES announcement.

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