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.The following databases are currently available:

Regional products

African marine atlas

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...[click here]


GLOSS Africa website
The GLOSS Africa website has been developed by ODINAFRICA in collaboration with GLOSS to provide information on the status of the African Sea Level Network. Information available on the site includes

  • Details of planned and installed stations,
  • Access to sea level data from various sources
  • Equipment types and suppliers
  • Reports on installation of sea level stations
  • Reports on assessment of potential sea level station locations
  • Workshop and training course reports
  • National sea level status reports

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ODINAFRICA Sea Level Data Facility
The ODINAFRICA Data Facility is already operational at the IODE Project Office in Ostend, Belgium The roles of the facility are: (i) Data capture via GTS and archive in relational database as an OdinAfrica backup to national and GLOSS data centres, (ii) Web-display (including plots and raw data provision) and provision of tide-gauge operator alert (by email or SMS) in case of equipment mal-function, (iii) semi-automatic data quality control, and (iii) communication with technical consultant and perhaps provide line management. The facility is built in a transplantable format with a view to having it mirrored at a location in Africa... [click here]

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...[click here]

MEDI-Africa is a component of the Marine Environmental Data Inventory, a global inventory of information about marine related datasets developed within the framework of the IOC's International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) system. The objectives of MEDI are to maintain a global inventory of data holdings held in the IOC Member States. The MEDI directory has been developed to provide a reference point for locating marine and coastal datasets and will be populated with metadata descriptions of marine datasets from IOC member states. Within the framework of ODINAFRICA all participating data centres in Africa are developing national meta databases describing the data available in their country...[click here]

Argo is a global array of 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that measures the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean. This allows, for the first time, continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean, with all data being relayed and made publicly available within hours after collection... [click here]

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...[Click here]
Click the links below to view more information:
African Marine Atlas
GLOSS Africa website
African Register of Marine
supported by the Government of Flanders, Belgium
  Marine Atlas
  African Repository of Marine Related Publications
  Sea Level Network
  Africa Ocean Portal
  Register of Marine Species
  IOC Sub-Commission for Africa & Adjacent Island States
  Marine Publications
  Sea level data facility
  Tunisian Oceanographic atlas
  Mauritius marine organisms database
  Ocean Teacher
  Ocean Data Portal
  Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography
  African Large Marine Eco-Systems