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Korea Oceanographic Data Center-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries



The KODC is the only authorized national oceanographic data center in Korea. The center was established in 1974, and the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) has been operating the center since 1981.
The KODC is dedicated to the acquisition, processing, quality control, archiving, analysis, and dissemination of oceanographic data and information. The center also participates in international and domestic cooperation for oceanographic data exchange, and serves as the focal point for IODE (Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) of IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission). The KODC also acts as the Korea National Delayed Mode Data Base (DMDB) for NEAR-GOOS (North East Asia Regional Global Ocean Observing System).

International cooperation
  • NEAR (North-East Asian Regional)-GOOS
  • NOWPAP (Northwest Pacific Action Plan)
  • PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization)
  • National Oceanographic Data Centers
Domestic cooperation
  • Korea Meteorological Administration
  • Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration
  • Korea Coast Guardv
  • Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute
  • Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
  • KODC Newsletter (1983~ongoing)
  • Annual Report of Oceanographic Observations (1961~ongoing)
  • Oceanographic Information of the Korean Waters
  • RISA (Real-time Information System for Aquaculture environment) Data Report
Organization and Members
  • Data Stewardship & Service (6 researchers, 1 office assistant)
  • Information System Management (7 IT specialists)
  • Data Analysis & Forecast (5 researchers)
  • Satellite Ocean Information Lab (5 researchers)
  • Biodiversity Lab. (8 researchers)
  • Jellyfish and Red tide Lab. (10 researchers)
  • Library (2 librarian)

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