NOC Data

Lead Research Organisation: National Oceanography Centre


It is very expensive to collect data in the ocean, which is a constantly changing environment. Consequently we need to preserve these valuable data assets for the long term and make them easily available. Basic data, suitably interpreted, is the bedrock of all scientific knowledge about the oceans and underpins the ability to provide advice and information products and services to government, business, industry and the public. For this reason NOC hosts a variety of national facilities and information and data services.


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Description Government policy is increasingly demanding that public-funded data (and so especially in science) is made available to stimulate economic growth and enable environmentally sustainable local decision-making. National Oceanography Centre archives significant volumes of coastal physical oceanographic data and is developing added-value products to these data so they can be exploited to generate economic growth. These added-value products require development to make the data more accessible to non-specialists. The "Applications Team" currently has around 500 users for the software and deals with over 5,000 enquiries per year.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services