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British Oceanographic Data Centre
The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is a national facility for looking after and distributing data concerning the marine environment. The BODC deal with biological, chemical, physical and geophysical data, and their databases contain measurements of nearly 10,000 different variables.
Channel Coastal Observatory
The Channel Coastal Observatory is the data management and regional coordination centre for the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. The programme provides a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information for development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence.
WaveNet The Defra strategic wave monitoring network for England and Wales will provide a single source of real time wave data from a network of wave buoys located in areas at risk from flooding. Data from this network will be used to improve the management of flood and coastal erosion risk for which Defra has policy responsibility. WaveNet will be managed by the WaveNet steering group.
The data will be used by Flood Managers, Local Authorities, Consultants, and other stakeholders in order to assess flood risk and on a longer timescale will be to help design improved flood defence schemes and to provide data for climate change studies. The wave data will be also be used to validate the Met Office wave model which is run 4 times daily.
The objective of the Coastal Observatory at Liverpool Bay (cobs) is to understand a coastal sea's response both to natural forcing and to the consequences of human activity.
The Observatory integrates (near) real-time measurements with coupled models into a pre-operational coastal prediction system whose results are displayed on the cobs web site.
The concept is founded on obtaining data in (near) real-time, using telemetry, from underwater to the sea surface to land to POL to the cobs web site ('armchair oceanography').
It will grow and evolve as resources and technology allow, all the while building up a long time series. The foci are the impacts of storms, variations in river discharge (especially the Mersey), seasonality, and blooms in Liverpool Bay.
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