Ocean Climate Laboratory, National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Data Center Description
The Ocean Climate Laboratory (OCL) is a division of the National
Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). The primary objectives of the OCL

-build scientifically, quality-controlled global oceanographic
profile-plankton databases;

-develop improved ocean climatologies for annual, seasonal, and
monthly compositing periods;

-investigate interannual-to-decadal ocean climate variability using
historical oceanographic data;

-improve the quality of the NODC's oceanographic data archive by
using ht data to perform scientific analyses; and

-facilitate international exchange of oceanographic data.

The OCL website is located:

Via the website, users may access online data and products for the
World Ocean Databases (1998 and 2001), the World Ocean Atlas Series,
the Biological Atlas of the Arctic Seas 2002, and the Hydrochemical
Atlas of the Sea of Okhotsk.

Sydney Levitus, Director
NOAA/NESDIS/NODC/Ocean Climate Laboratory
1315 East-West Highway (E/OC5)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301)713-3290 x194
FAX: (301) 713-3303
Email: Sydney.Levitus&@noaa.gov