International Programmes

ISDM acts as the designated Canadian focal point for international oceanographic data exchange and expertise in oceanographic data management. Participation by ISDM allows Canada to share its data and to obtain copies of data collected for use by Canadian researchers and engineers.


  • Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO):
    ISDM contributes to the knowledge of the environmental conditions of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) by acting as the specialized oceanographic data center for oceanographic data collected by its 17 member countries.
  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS):
    The concept of OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) was first developed at a conference sponsored by the Census of Marine Life (CoML) in 1997. At the time, a comprehensive system for the retrieval of ocean biological data did not exist. Not long after the initial meeting, OBIS was established as a project of the Census of Marine Life to help facilitate global enfranchisement of data within the scientific community.
  • Joint Commission on Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM)
    SDM activities in JCOMMsupport such programs as GTSPP, WOCE-UOT and SOOPIP for Temperature and Salinity ocean profiles and surface observations. ISDM also acts as the responsible centre for drifting buoys (RNODC) and distributes JCOMMproducts such as the monthly Mean Sea Level in the Pacific analyses produced by the JCOMMSea Level Program (ISLP) to the Canadian marine community.
  • Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Project (GTSPP)
    Features monthly report on the oceanographic data that Integrated Science Data Management (ISDM) of DFO receives via its links to the Global Telecommunications System (GTS), and information regarding the Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Project.
  • Ship Of Opportunity Programme (SOOP) Implementation Panel
    The Ship of Opportunity Programme (SOOP) is an international and operational program directed primarily towards the continued operational maintenance and co-ordination of the ship of opportunity network. Observations made are primarily temperature from XBTs but temperature and other data types from instruments such as thermosalinographs, XCTD, CTD, ADCP, pCO2 and phytoplankton counters are also measured.
  • The World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE)
    The World Ocean Circulation Experiment was ended in 2002.  Some of its activities, however, are being continued through a new programme CLImate VARiability (CLIVAR).With its DAC partners, ISDM assembled, processed, quality controlled, and distributed large volumes and a variety of data. ISDM had undertaken these commitments because software systems and expertise for drifting buoys and real time ocean profile data were already available through its RNODC and GTSPP activities.
  • CLImate VARiability (CLIVAR)
    CLIVAR is an international research programme addressing many issues of natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change. It seeks to better understand and predict our climate in order to take precautions and to reduce impacts of climate variability and change on our planet.
  • Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centre (RNODC)
    ISDM in Canada became a Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centre (RNODC) for Drifting Buoy Data on behalf of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission  IOC  and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in January 1986. The purpose of this Web site is to describe the activities of the RNODC-ISDM in acquiring and making drifting buoy data available to the international scientific community.
  • ARGO
    Argo is an international project and a major component of the oceans observing system. Approximately 3000 profiling floats will be deployed around the world. Once at sea, the float sinks to a preprogrammed target depth of 2000 meters for a preprogrammed period of time. It then floats to the surface, taking temperature and salinity values during its ascent at set depths. At the surface, the float drifts along for a day or two and transmits the data to a satellite run by Service Argos which then determines the position of the float. Service Argos sends the data to various data centers such as ISDM.