Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC) was established in the Hydrographic Department, Maritime Safety Agency in 1965 in accordance with the resolution adopted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in 1961 as well as the reports of the Council for Marine Scientific Technology in 1963 and 1964.

Since its establishment, JODC has been playing the role of an overall marine data bank of Japan with an uniform collection and management of the marine data obtained by various marine research institutes and organizations concerned in Japan and of providing users with these data.

In addition JODC has been carrying out international services as the National Oceanographic Data Center of Japan under the framework of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) promoted by IOC.

Maritime Safety Agency was renamed Japan Coast Guard in 2000, Hydrographic Department was renamed Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department in 2002.


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Updated : November 6, 2009