Finding Oceanographic Data

One the main objectives of ODINAFRICA is to build and maintain an archive of marine and coastal data at National Oceanographic Data (and Information) Centres in Africa. These NODCs can be visited through the Membership menu.

Looking for marine scientific data but not sure where to find it?

The table below shows the following products and services currently available.

Looking for specific data or information on sea level monitoring?

We have a whole seperate menu on this topic.

Regional Data services and products

The African Marine Atlas
The African Marine Atlas developed by the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) was officially launched on 23 February 2007 at the IOC Project Office for International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in Ostend, Belgium.

The African Marine Atlas, provides substantial maps, images, data and information to coastal resource managers, planners and decision-makers from various administrative institutions and specialized agencies in Africa.

 African marine atlas
African Register of Marine Species (AfReMaS).
AfReMaS is a biogeographic/taxonomic database of marine species in the oceans and seas around Africa. The database builds on the Marine Species Database for Eastern Africa (MASDEA) which was originally developed by Edward Vanden Berghe while working as project manager of the RECOSCIX-WIO project in Mombasa. The database is now maintained as a collaborative venture between the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) and VLIZ.
The Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography (SADCO) stores, retrieves and manipulates multi-disciplinary marine information from the areas around southern Africa.SADCO has been in existence since the 1960's, and in its present configuration is hosted by the South African CSIR and located in Stellenbosch, about 50 km east of Cape Town.SADCO is funded by a number of marine organisations, namely CSIR, Oceans and Coasts Department of Environmental Affairs, Namibian Ministry for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Southern African Environmental Observation Network and the South African Navy.
 Worldwide Data Services and Products

 (under construction)

Information services and products

African Marine Science Literature

OceanDocs - Marine scientific literature

Aquatic Commons (IAMSLIC)

ASFA - Marine scientific abstracts

African Union list of Journals

Environmental Science Literature

World Library of Science - WLoS (UNESCO)

Research collections from other UN agencies

  • Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture – AGORA (FAO)
  • Online Access to Research in the Environment – OARE (UNEP)
  • Access to Research in Health Programme - HINARI (WHO)

Biological Marine Data (link)




supported by the Government of Flanders, Belgium
  Marine Atlas
  African Repository of Marine Related Publications
  Sea Level Network
  Register of Marine Species
  IOC Sub-Commission for Africa & Adjacent Island States
  Marine Publications
  Sea level data facility
  Mauritius marine organisms database
  Ocean Teacher
  Ocean Data Portal
  Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography
  African Large Marine Eco-Systems