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Welcome to OCADS

The Ocean Carbon and Acidification Data System (OCADS) is a data management project within NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. OCADS specializes in the management of ocean carbon and ocean acidification (OA) data and is committed to providing the best data management services to support regional to global ocean carbon cycling and OA research. We value the importance of making all OA data available through one place and welcome data submissions from around the world.

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OCADS is a merger of two former OA data management projects at NCEI, the Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS, founded in 2012) project and the Ocean Carbon Data System (OCADS, founded in 2017) project. The primary mission of the new OCADS project is to serve the OA research community and work closely with our data partners to:

  1. safeguard their data in a well-supported federal archive to ensure long-term access (>75 years),
  2. serve as the world's leading provider of ocean carbon and ocean acidification data, information, and products
  3. provide data management support for research towards regional and global ocean carbon cycling and ocean acidification
Our services include dedicated support for data acquisition, long-term archiving, management of rich metadata information, application of controlled vocabularies, stable data citation with digital object identifiers (DOIs), online data discovery and access, and data management support for OA product developments. The scope of data we manage includes observational OA data (e.g., chemical, physical, and biological OA data), laboratory experiment-based OA data, model outputs, and socioeconomic OA data. It is our unwavering commitment to bring the scientific expertise from the research community to our data management world and offer a customer-centric service. All feedback is welcome.


The OCADS project is funded by NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), NOAA Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program (GOMO), and NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

Last modified: 2022-05-23T19:30:19Z