Data & Repositories


Data and Repositories Based at WHOI

Alvin Frame-Grabber

Contacts: Steve Lerner
The Frame-Grabber imaging system mounted on the submersible Alvin provides Web access to video imagery co-registered with vehicle navigation and attitude data for shipboard analysis, planning deep-submergence research cruises, and review of data following research expeditions.

Argo Float Data

View the locations of WHOI's floats being used as part of the ARGO project to observe the ocean and to predict climate change. See their launch positions, track the paths they have followed, and pinpoint the locations of detailed water column profiles.

Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Principal Investigators: Peter Wiebe, Danie Kinkade, Mak Saito, and Adam Shepherd
BCO-DMO serves investigators funded by the NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections and Office of Polar Programs (OPP).  BCO-DMO manages and provides access to oceanographic biogeochemical, ecological, and complementary physical data and information generated through scientific research funded by these NSF programs. Contact:

Data Library and Archives

The Data Library and Archives (DLA) collects underway and vehicle data from cruises and dives of WHOI vessels, including stills and video from Alvin and Jason, multibeam data and navigation, legacy science data, and deployment metadata. 

Falmouth Monthly Climate Reports

View current Falmouth climate reports and past reports from 1993 to 2012.

Ice-Tethered Profiler Data

The ITP program collects ocean profile data beneath ocean ice. While most ITPs are deployed in the Arctic Basin, some have been adapted for deployment in the Antarctic and in lakes. Status information and preliminary processed data are provided for the active systems and summary information and final data are provided from systems that have completed their missions.

Jason Virtual Control Van

A Web-based application that captures simultaneous video sources, vehicle data, scientific instrument data, and event data during operations of remotely operated vehicles, including Argo and Jason. As of October 2006, there are more than 1,700,000 catalogued images available from 27 research expeditions.

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

The Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a research observatory located at South Beach and in the ocean a mile off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It provides real time and archived coastal oceanographic and meteorological data for researchers, students and the general public.

Multibeam Archive

Contains data collected on research vessels using multibeam sonar systems operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. As of July 2004, the archive contains data from 72 R/V Knorr cruises and 69 R/V Atlantis cruises. The database is approximately 220 gigabytes in size, and contains approximately 1.6 billion individual bathymetry data points.

Objectively Analyzed air-sea Fluxes (OAFlux)

The project of the Objectively Analyzed air-sea Fluxes (OAFlux) is to develop enhanced air-sea heat flux analysis products for the global oceans. The product integrates satellite observations with surface moorings, ship reports, and atmospheric model reanalyzed surface meteorology.

Seafloor Data and Observation Visualization Environment (SeaDOVE): A Web-served GIS Database of Multi-scalar Seafloor Data

Contacts: Adam Soule and Daniel Fornari
Data are available for the East Pacific Rise at: 9°-10°N, 1°N, 3°N.
Data are also available for: Galápagos hotspot, Gálapagos Spreading Center at 97.5°W, Central Indian Ridge.
Data at these locations include multibeam bathymetry, high-resolution scanning altimetry, deep-towed sidescan sonar, seafloor digital photographs, sample locations, deep-towed magnetic data, and more. Each dataset is geospatially registered and incorporates metadata (e.g., sample geochemistry and time and depth of collection) that can be interactively accessed by the user. The user can control which datasets are shown on a map view of the area and the scale at which the map is viewed. Datasets with resolutions inappropriate for the scale at which they are being viewed are automatically removed from the map.

Seafloor Sediments Data Collection

The collection and analysis efforts of WHOI's Seafloor Sediments Laboratory are available for browsing. A collection of more than 14,000 archived marine geological samples recovered from the seafloor. The inventory includes long, stratified sediment cores, as well as rock dredges, surface grabs, and samples collected by the submersible Alvin.

Upper Ocean Processes Mooring Data

Data collected during the past 25 years by UOP surface moorings that measure meteorological conditions and physical properties of the upper ocean. Includes data gathered along the coasts and the open ocean during various weather conditions and from a range of geographic regions, from subarctic regions to the tropics.

U.S. GLOBEC Data System

Contains data collected by members of the U.S. GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics) program to examine the potential impact of global climate change on ocean ecosystems.
» MapServer interface
» Directory list interface
Data are listed by region, year, instrument, and by investigator. Contact:

U.S. JGOFS Data System

Contains data collected by participants of U.S. JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study) to study the ocean carbon cycle. Data are listed by individual project, region, and cruise. Contact:

WHOI Buoy Group Oceanic Data Archive

The WHOI Buoy Group existed from 1950 through 1999. During that time, surface and subsurface moorings were set around the world, and the data was organized and collected in this site.