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International Liaison Contact

For more information or help with NCEI International Activities, please contact:

Steven Rutz

The U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information participates in international oceanographic data exchange activities that help it fulfill its mission. Cooperation with international organizations and with foreign data centers has enabled the NCEI to augment its data holdings with valuable foreign data collected worldwide and to ensure that U.S. oceanographic data are available to the global ocean community.

NCEI provides facilities and support for the collocated World Data Service (WDS) for Oceanography, one component of the World Data System. The World Data System is a network of discipline sub-centers operating under the guidance of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). There are two other World Data Centers for Oceanography: WDC for Oceanography in Obninsk (Russia), and WDC for Oceanography in Tianjin (People's Republic of China).

NCEI serves as the U.S. focal point for data exchange activities conducted under the purview of the Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), a subsidiary body within UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. NCEI also supports oceanographic data exchange through participation in the Working Group on Marine Data Management of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

When it was established in 1961, the U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center was the first such organization in the world. Today, including NCEI, there are national oceanographic data centers and similar organizations in approximately 50 countries including Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, the People's Republic of China, Russia, and the United Kingdom. In addition to data exchanges carried out through international organizations, NCEI also conducts direct bilateral data exchanges with data centers in dozens of countries.

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