The National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) operates
as the national oceanographic data archive of Mauritius. It was officially
established in November 1999 at the Mauritius Meteorological Services
within the guidelines of the Ocean Data and Information Network for
Africa second phase project (ODINAFRICA-II) with satellite stations
at the University of Mauritius, Albion Fisheries Research Centre and
Mauritius Oceanography Institute.
The mission of the NODC
is to enhance oceanographic services and promote further marine research
by making available, to policy-makers and the marine communities, ocean
data and products, in real and non-real time, for the efficient management
and sustainable development of coastal and marine resources.
1. Prepare and maintain a metadata
database of all national data holdings.
2. Coordinate the collection and
archival of ocean data in Mauritius and ensure that regional and international
procedures are being adhered to in the process to facilitate data and
3. Receive, manage and diffuse
oceanographic data and products.
4. Publicise data and products
available in the Mauritian Coastal and Exclusive Economic Zone and facilitate
their access to local users.
5. Develop and maintain a web
page on ocean data and products.
6. Promote the exchange of ocean
data and products at the local, regional and international levels through
7. Establish a networking of all
stakeholders to facilitate exchange of data and products.
8. Provide appropriate training
in marine data and information management to take maximum advantage
of the facilities available at the centre.
9. Organise training workshops/seminars
for the benefit of data collectors, providers and end users.
10. Coordinate local participation
in overseas training activities on data and information management.
11. Participate in the activities
of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE)
Programme of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of
The Committee meets regularly to
review progress of ongoing activities and plans follow-up actions. The
current chairman of the committee is effected by Mr M.Beebeejaun of the