Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Data management for the ANDREX and DIMES programmes

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) announces the launch of the data management pages for the Antarctic Deep Water Rates of Export (ANDREX), and the Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES) programmes.

Icebergs in the Southern Ocean ©

ANDREX is a UK research programme investigating the role of the Weddell Gyre in the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) and its influence on deep ocean properties. The research concentrates on water mass exchange between the Weddell Gyre and the rest of the Southern Ocean, and the manner in which this process affects the formation of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW).

DIMES is a joint UK-US research programme that aims to enhance our understanding of Southern Ocean mixing processes. Climate models are highly sensitive to the representation of mixing in the southern limb of the MOC, within the Southern Ocean. The DIMES project aims to constrain these mixing processes, potentially improving the accuracy of climate predictions.

BODC data management pages provide background information about the research programmes, as well as inventories of cruises and associated datasets. Links to cruise tracks and cruise reports are also available. They also provide information about data submission and delivery, and BODC's role in the programme.

Our data management pages are designed to promote data sharing and collaboration between programme participants and the wider scientific community.

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