International data portals

New data infrastructures are being developed across Europe to make it easier for users to find and use marine data. These data and products will be made available in data portals. The tasks of the BSH range from the processing and creation of international data sets and forecasts to the further development of standards and the participation in the development of corresponding data infrastructures and portals.

The SeaDataNet consortium, currently consisting of 56 partners from 34 countries, has established a uniform European infrastructure for marine data. Currently, about 2.1 million data records and various web services are available for data processing via the SeaDataNet portal.

In the BSH, DOD manages the Cruise Summary Reports (CSR) catalogue, which contains the cruise reports of all partners' research cruises. It is one of six metadata catalogs and serves to locate the actual data records. As administrator of the CSR catalogue, DOD has been a member of the SeaDataNet consortium from the very beginning and has played a major role in the development of today's standards.


The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a network of more than 160 organisations working together on the harmonisation and processing of marine data according to international standards and free access in the form of interoperable data products. The current project section EMODnet Data Ingestion aims to enrich data sets that are not yet publicly available with metadata and to make them accessible via the existing data infrastructure (thematic EMODnet portals, SeaDataNet). The aim is to make already collected data sets available for meaningful multiple use by users from politics, the public service and the private sector.

As a national oceanographic data centre, the DOD at the BSH processes the data records transmitted from Germany to the EMODnet Data Ingestion Portal.

Physics Chemistry Bathymetry Data Ingestion

The Copernicus service provides data, forecasts and re-analyses on the physical and bio-geochemical state of the marine environment. The data of the different European data suppliers are controlled and harmonized. The predictions are made using different approaches (e.g. multi-model ensemble). Products are obtained from the best possible combination of satellite and in-situ measurements and model calculations.

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency is a partner in the Marine Copernicus Service for the Baltic Sea and the Northwest Shelf (including the North Sea).