Data Center Description
The Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR), Inc. became a year-round research center, starting in 1954 with the establishment of Hydrostation "S": regular, repeated deep-sea observations that continue today, creating the longest continuous oceanic database in the world. Over the next few decades, increasing numbers of visiting scientists brought an increased emphasis on biological and geological studies. The Bermuda Government established a monitoring program of Bermuda's inshore waters and marine communities which continues today.
Resident scientific programs strengthened in the 1980s as BBSR became a key link in an international effort to describe and understand the ocean/atmosphere system on a global scale. BBSR is now one of two U.S. centers for time-series studies on temporal variability in the ocean and the impact of the ocean on global climate change, under the auspices of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study.
In 1998, BBSR established the International Center for Ocean and Human Health, considered the first of its kind on an international scale to explore the ocean health/human health connection. In 1999, BBSR established the Center for Integrated Ocean Observations, which uses new technologies to build on almost a century of marine research at BBSR.