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This page gives the information on the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), institutes or agencies responsible for oceanographic data and information management of the member states in the region.

Member states NODC/Institutes /agencies responsible for oceanographic data and information management Brief Introduction

Australian Ocean Data Center (AODC)



The Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility (AODC-JF) was established to provide a modern, whole-of-government approach to ocean data management in Australia. The AODC-JF vision was "To put in place, by June 2011, an interoperable, online network of marine and coastal data resources, including data from the six AODC Joint Facility partner agencies, supported by standards-based metadata, which will serve data to support Australia's science, education, environmental management and policy needs: Australia's digital ocean commons." Building upon the publicly funded, open source, and scalable information infrastructure of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) which includes the software tools, the IMOS Ocean Portal and the GeoNetwork Metadata Entry and Search Tool (MEST), this vision is now achievable.

Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology


The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) was created in 1999 during the second term of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Its main objectives address political and scientific issues:
-  Establish the position of the government in terms of political and strategic orientations with respect to both the water resources availability for local development, and its sustainability at national and international scale,
-  Carry out scientific research on the potential of underground and surface water resources to establish scientific knowledge on the topic,

- Set directions and roadmap at short, medium and long term with respect to water consumption to fulfill the needs of the country’s development, of the industry and preserve those of urban and rural populations,
- Control and monitor all activities consuming water to mitigate incurred risks,
- Prepare and draft laws and regulations linked to the use of water and control procedures, 
- Gather documents and build a technical data about climate and hydrology regarding water uses nationally and abroad, find return on investment for the scientific research,
- Raise the awareness of the industry, NGOs, civilian communities and populations about the development and the exploitation of water resources, and advise them technically on the matter,
- Communicate and vulgarize innovative techniques with respect to the use of water use and its treatments,

- Collaborate and participate in the management of the Mekong Basin, considering both the management of water resources and meteorology.


National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) serving as CNODC


Approved by the State Council, China National Oceanographic Data Center was officially established and co-located with National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) in 1982.
The NMDIS operates as the National Oceanographic Data Center for China within the guidelines established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO. In performing this role NMDIS participates in various national and international oceanographic data collection, exchange and management programs.

NMDIS is now responsible for the management of national marine data and information resources, providing guidance and coordination for the informationization work of national marine data and information; providing information and technical support for the development of marine economy, marine management, public service and maritime security.

Hydro-Oceanographic Service(DISHIDROS)


Indonesian Hydro-oceanographic Service (DISHIDROS) is national institution that has function and authority to conduct the surveys, mapping and oceanographic researches, either for the defense or the national importance, especially for the navigation safety of the vessels shipping in Indonesian waters. Hence, one of its responsibilities is collecting oceanographic data of Indonesia waters. Providing the oceanographic data is necessary for planning of coastal zone management, offshore engineering project and monitoring marine behavior. In addition, such data is indispensable for comprehensive study of the ocean hydrodynamic especially Indonesian stream as well as Indonesian monsoonal current and the effect of external forces to the ocean such as El Nino. DISHIDROS as the National Tide Data Center will apply National and International format data to store up its oceanographic data. For this reason, DISHIDROS has coordinated with other Indonesian Oceanographic Institutions to recover existing oceanographic data and to convert existing format data to National or International data format.
Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT)

Types of data collected: marine biology, CTD, marine meteorological data.

National Coordinator for Survey and Mapping Agency (BAKOSURTANAL) Types of data collected: tidal data.
Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) The main types of data collected: tides, currents, marine biology, CTD.
Marine Geology Research Center (PPGL) The main types of data collected: marine geology.

Department of Marine and Fisheries (DKP) http://kkp.go.id/

The main types of data collected: marine biology, CTD.

Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC)


Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC) was established in the Hydrographic Department, Maritime Safety Agency in 1965 in accordance with the resolution adopted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in 1961 as well as the reports of the Council for Marine Scientific Technology in 1963 and 1964.
Since its establishment, JODC has been playing the role of an overall marine data bank of Japan with a uniform collection and management of the marine data obtained by various marine research institutes and organizations concerned in Japan and of providing users with these data.
In addition JODC has been carrying out international services as the National Oceanographic Data Center of Japan under the framework of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) promoted by IOC.

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has the main objective to contribute to the advancement of academic research in addition to the improvement of marine science and technology by proceeding the fundamental research and development on marine, and the cooperative activities on the academic research related to the Ocean for the benefit of the peace and human welfare.

Hydrographic Oceanographic Department, Japan Coast Guard (JHOD)


The fundamental mission of JHOD is to collect and disseminate information for the safety of navigation and the conservation of marine environment.

  • Safety of Navigation
  • Environment Conservation
  • Disaster Prevention
  • Preservation of Marine Interests
  • Information and Data Service
  • International Cooperation

Korea Oceanographic Data Center (KODC)


The KODC is dedicated to the acquisition, processing, quality control, archiving, analysis, and dissemination of oceanographic data and information. The center also acts as the Korea National Delayed Mode Data Base (DMDB) for NEAR-GOOS.

The KODC dedicates to the acquisition, processing, quality control, archiving, analysis, and dissemination of oceanographic data and information on domestic and international basis.

Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration(KHOA)


The mission of KHOA is to develop into a comprehensive marine information service agency in harmony with the function of surveys, research and policies. Including expansion of marine territory surveys and provision of people’s interaction based marine information services.

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technlogy(KIOST)


KIOST plays a major role in realizing a dream of becoming a prosperous and leading ocean research and development in fundamental and applied ocean science and technology.
It functions include:

  • To perform basic and applied research to promote the efficient use of coastal and ocean resources
  • To undertake comprehensive surveys and studies of Korea's seas and open oceans
  • To conduct scientific research in polar and tropical regions, especially in Antarctica and south Pacific
  • To develop technologies related to the coastal & harbor engineering, ships & ocean engineering, and maritime safety
  • To support and cooperate with other government agencies, universities and private industries towards the
  • development of marine resources and the protection of the ocean environment
  • To coordinate and participate in the international cooperation concerning oceanographic research projects

Malaysia National Oceanographic Data Center (MyNODC)


NOD leads and generates innovative excellence in the field of oceanography and marine sciences.
NOD Mission : Stewardship of oceanography and marine science through research and development, commercialization, competent human capital development towards sustainable marine resource management in accordance with the national aspiration.
NOD is responsible for :

  • Acting as the national focal point for oceanographic and marine science Research and Design (R&D) activities in Malaysia;
  • Drawing up the future direction of national oceanography and marine science R&D agenda;
  • Coordinating national policies related to interest in oceanography;
  • Identifying and strengthening Centres of Excellence in marine science and oceanographic research in local universities and research instituitions;
  • Identifying, managing, coordinating and facilitating application of funds in oceanography and marine science;
  • Coordinating and monitoring research in priority research areas;
  • Providing national oceanographic data and information; and
  • Building and strengthening collaborative research in oceanography and marine science and abroad.
New Zealand

National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research


The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research or NIWA, is a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand. Established in 1992, NIWA conducts commercial and non-commercial research across a broad range of disciplines in the environmental sciences. It also maintains nationally and, in some cases, internationally important environmental monitoring networks, databases, and collections.
As of 30 June 2008, NIWA had 753 staff spread across 15 sites in New Zealand and one in Perth, Australia. Its head office is in Auckland, with regional offices in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, and Lauder (Central Otago). It also has small field teams, focused mostly on hydrology, stationed in Rotorua, Turangi, Napier, Wanganui, Greymouth, Alexandra, and Dunedin. NIWA maintains a fleet of about 30 vessels for freshwater, marine, and atmospheric research. NIWA focuses on atmospheric, marine, and freshwater research – extending from the deep ocean to the upper atmosphere – in New Zealand, the Pacific, Southern Ocean, and Antarctica.

National Oceanographic Data Center


By the resolution of the Council of Ministers of 04.12.1963 № 1188-437, the Resolution from 16.12.64 № 287), as well as on the orders of Chief of the Hydrometeorological Service of Academician E.K. Fedorov in Obninsk was founded National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). In 1971 NODC became a part of RIHMI-IDC. Creation of data center was a major decision to establish the scientific, organizational and legal basis for the formation of the State Fund of data (GOSFOND) for oceanography and agencies to ensure that data from all ministries and agencies engaged in the study of oceans and seas and their resources.
Main tasks of NODC are:

  • Development of concepts and projects to automate the collection, storage, processing and exchange of information on the marine environment, using modern information and communication technologies;
  • Development of technology integration;
  • Development of software application processing of oceanographic data;
  • Scientific and methodical management units Roshydromet for automating the processing of oceanographic data;
  • Participation in international activities.

NODC provides the following services:

  • Preparation of information about the data;
  • Calculation of the performance characteristics of the marine environment;
  • Preparation of specialized databases;
  • Analysis of the variability of processes and fields,creation of manuals and guides;
  • Development of specialized information systems.

Oceanographic Division, Hydrographical Department, Royal Thai Navy


Oceanographic Division, Hydrographical Department, Royal Thai Navy is a leading agency responsible for marine data collection, and data distribution to domestic and oversea marine communities. The Division started its work on oceanographic database in 1997, with the missions of: collecting oceanographic data; develop QC procedures; archiving data with proper format; develop online data and information exchange system.
GISTDA--Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization), is a Thai space research organisation. It is responsible for remote sensing and technology development satellites.

Vietnam national oceanographic data centre (VNODC)


VNODC was established in 1995 and was recognized as one of the IOC NODC to participate in national oceanographic data and information exchange of IODE. VNODC is based in the National Marine Research Institute of the National Nature Science and Technology Center. It is composed of three agencies: Division of data management, Division of remote sensing, and National Environment and Resources information center.

Institute of Oceanography


The Institute's predecessor in South Vietnam was "Service des Pêche de l'Indochine" founded on September 14th, 1922. On January 1st, 1930, the Service des Pêche de l'Indochine" was officially changed its name into the "Institut Océanographique de l'Indochine". The Institute of Marine Research under the State Committee for Science and Technique had been established in 1967. After the liberation of South Vietnam in 1975, the "Institut Océanographique de l'Indochine" was integrated with the Institute of Marine Research of State Committee for Science and Technique, forming the Institute of Marine Research under the leadership of the Vietnam Institute for Sciences. The name "Institute of Oceanography" was changed since 1993 after the Vietnam Institute for Science changed its name to National Center for Natural Sciences and Technology. At present, the Institute of Oceanography (IO) is under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
Since the establishment, the Institute of Oceanography has implemented many worth studies that have contributed significantly to the exploitation and conservation of the East Sea. There are 1,100 published studies in which, 62.6% on marine biodiversity; 11.6% on marine physics; 7.6% on ecology and environment; 5.4% on marine geology, geomorphology and 4.4% on marine chemistry and biochemistry.


Hosted by
NMDIS National Marine Data and Information Service, Tianjin, China
Updated: 2015
@ Tianjin ICP.09005120


Member States
China,P.R. Fiji France Indonesia Japan Korea
Korea,R. Malaysia New Zealand
Philippines Russian
Samoa Singapore Solomon
Thailand Tonga UK USA Vietnam