forms (Report of Observations and Samples Collected on Oceanographic Program [ROSCOP]) and instructions are supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), based on lists of investigators provided to NOAA/NESDIS by funding agencies.


    Data sets identified for submission to the national data centers must be submitted to the designated center within two (2) years after the observational period. This period may be extended under exceptional circumstances by agreement between the principal investigator and NSF. Data produced by long-term (multi-year) projects are to be submitted annually. Principal investigators working in coordinated programs may (in consultation with their funding agencies) establish more stringent data-submission procedures to meet the needs of such programs.


    NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service staff and program representatives from funding agencies will identify the data sets that are likely to be of high utility and will require their principal investigators to submit these data and related information to the designated center.


    Funding agencies will apply this policy to their internal ocean data collection and research programs and to their contractors and grantees and will establish procedures to enforce this policy.


    A list of oceanographic data types and the centers designated to receive them are the following:


    • Ocean physical data—temperature, salinity, light transmission or attenuation, currents, waves, pressure, sea level, and sound speed.
    • Ocean chemistry data—nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, nitrites and silicates; chemical tracers such as helium, tritium, freon and argon; pollutants such as petroleum hydrocarbons, organochloride and organophosphorus pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals. Data may represent chemicals in water samples or biota.
    • Ocean biology data—primary productivity; concentrations of pigments in phytoplankton, such as chlorophyll-a; biomass of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos and nekton; and bioluminescence.

      National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)

      Data Acquisition and Management Branch


      1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW

      Washington, DC 20235

      Ph: (202) 606-4643

      Fax: (202) 606-4586

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