A New Approach to Ocean Data Management

by William G. Schram, NOAA/COAP, Monterey, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: Ocean Data Management is the collection, storage, analysis and dissemination of a wide variety of physical, chemical, biological and geological data useful for research purposes in the field of oceanography. Up until now, the goal of achievinbg centralized ocean data management has been hindered by the interdiscioplinary nature of the subject and by the large number of organizations concerned with oceanographic research. These organizations are not coordinated. Accordingly, research is characterized by a singular lack of standardization. In an effort to create a centralized Ocean Data Management, the NOAA Center For Ocean Analysis And Prediction (COAP) is attempting to coordinate the activities of various oceanographic organizations and it is attempting to implement a single data base system devoted to Ocean Data Management.

Subject Headings: Information management | Data analysis | Oceanography | Data processing | Federal government | Information systems

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