DBCP GDAC for drifting buoys

The DBCP – Data Buoy Cooperation Panel - is an international program coordinating the use of autonomous data buoys to observe atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, over ocean areas where few other measurements are taken.

DBCP coordinates the global array of 1 600 active drifting buoys (August 2020) and historical observation from 14 000 drifting buoys.

Data and metadata collected by drifting buoys are publically available in near real-time via the Global Data Assembly Centers (GDACs) in Coriolis-Ifremer (France) and MEDS (Canada) after an automated quality control (QC). In long term, scientifically quality controlled delayed mode data will be distributed on the GDACs.

Disclaimer: the DB-GDAC is under construction. It is currently (January 2020) aggregating data from the Coriolis DAC (E-Surfmar, Canada). Additional DACs are considered. An interim provision from GTS real-time data to GDAC may be provided from Coriolis DAC.



Atmosphere, Physical oceanography


90N, -90S, 180E, -180W


Alternative access to data

825 MoNetCDFQuality controlled data 109736
808 MoNetCDFQuality controlled data 107292
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How to cite
DBCP data management (2024). DBCP GDAC for drifting buoys. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/57247

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