Australian Oceanographic Data Centre, Directorate of Oceanography and Meteorology, Royal Australian Navy, Australia

Data Center Description
The Australian Oceanographic Data Centre (AODC) is a national data centre with
the responsibility of acquisition and dissemination of oceanographic data
within the Department of Defense and with the national and international marine
science community. AODC operates within the International Oceanographic
Commission's (IOC's) various data exchange programs including the International
Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) program coordinating data
exchange in 'delayed-mode', the Integrated Global Ocean Services System (IGOSS)
coordinating data exchange in 'real-time' as well as the Global Temperature and
Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP) which is developing new methodologies and
technologies for the management and exchange of temperature and salinity data.
Nationally, the AODC is working in conjunction with the CSIRO Division of
Oceanography to standardize quality control procedures for the WOCE Upper Ocean
Thermal Data Assembly Centres.
AODC manages bathythermograph, oceanographic station data, secchi disc, bottom
type and bioluminescence observations. Small amounts of current meter data as
well as geophysical and bathymetric parameters are now also managed by the
centre. All data to be used for scientific research or 'public good' purposes
are generally freely available on request. Digital data sets may be selected
by geographic area, time period, cruise, shipname, country of origin,
maximum/minimum depth or any combination of these criteria. A range of
standard products such as scatter plots, profile plots, data inventories,
summaries and analyses are also available on request. Data can be supplied
via ftp (file transfer protocol), exabyte or QIC tape, or on floppy disc.
Contact Information:
Australian Oceanographic Data Centre
Level 2, Maritime Headquarters Annexe
Wylde Street
Potts Point, N.S.W., 2011
Telephone: +61 2 9359 3119
Fax: +61 2 9359 3120

The AODC is no longer part of the Hydrographic Office of the Royal
Australian Navy (RAN). The Tides and Survey section within the RAN
Hydrographic Office still archives oceanographic data which includes tidal
heights and bathymetric observations.
Contact Information:
Mr. B. Pillich, Tides Section or
The Director Hydrographic Operations, Survey Section
RAN Hydrographic Office
P.O. Box 1332
North Sydney N.S.W. 2059
Telephone: (02) 925 4230
Fax: (02) 925 4835