IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)


Regional Real Time Data Base (RRTDB)

1. General status
RRTDB has operated in good condition in this intersessional period. RRTDB web pages were re-designed and released on July 2010, in order to facilitate access to the data and products.

2. User registration
The total number of the registered RRTDB users was increased from 114 in April 2010 to 154 in August 2011. The registered users are from Canada (2), China (32), Germany (1), Greece (1), Indonesia (2), Japan (91), Republic of Korea (7), Russian Federation (7), Saudi Arabia (1), Spain (1), Thailand (1), U.K. (2), and USA (6), as of August 2011.

3. Contribution to RRTDB
In addition to the data from the Global Telecommunication System (GTS), JMA, the Japan Fisheries Information Center (JAFIC), and the Integrated Science Data Management (ISDM, Canada) have contributed to RRTDB.

4. Changes in products
JMA’s sea temperature and currents products are produced in real time and made public through the Regional Data Bases. On the other hand, JMA produces reanalysis products after a few months with the best information available at that time. In March 2011, JMA and JODC replaced JMA’s real-time products for the period between 1985 and 2009 with the reanalysis products in RRTDB and in RDMDB, respectively.

Climate normals such as average sea surface temperatures are updated once every decade, using the past 30 years data. JMA started using new climate normals in May 2011, and the new normals and standard deviations for 10-day mean sea surface temperatures in the western North Pacific (MGDSST) and the new monthly normals and standard deviations of global sea surface temperatures (COBE-SST) were set in the JMA Products in the Regional Data Bases. Also, images of the 10-day mean sea surface temperature anomalies in the western North Pacific and the monthly anomaly of global sea surface temperatures were replaced with those using new normals retroactively.

Regional Delayed Mode Data Base (RDMDB)

Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC) has been operating RDMDB (Regional Delayed Mode Data Base) since October 1996, based on the recommendation of the first session of the NEAR-GOOS Coordinating Committee held in Bangkok in September 1996.

RDMDB contains the 43 different types of data files as of the end of July 2011. Since July 2010, the SST and SSS data sets provided by VOS Nippon ( have been available. In addition, due to the re-analysis for real-time data products of Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the related data for the period from 1985-2009 were replaced in RDMDB in March 2011.

The total volume of oceanographic/marine and meteorological data available on RDMDB is more than 125GB. 40 types of data have been transferred from RRTDB (Regional Real Time Data Base) operated by JMA. Others are from Japan Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department, Tohoku University and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The total volume of the data available on RDMDB has increased by about 60GB during the past 16 months, compared to that at the end of March 2009, which was reported at the last session of NEAR-GOOS Coordinating Committee.

National Data Bases

China National Delayed Mode Data Base for NEAR-GOOS, NMDIS reported the progress made since the last session of NEAR-GOOS. The official website for China DMDB has been dramatically upgraded and updated ( with a great amount of data uploaded, and data products and/or graphic products provided. Meanwhile, effort has been made in the development of data processing techniques, quality control techniques, and standard operating procedures for data collection, processing and management. She also briefed the meeting of various international programs her institute has been involved in. been hosted at the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) with website provided at: However, the website doesn’t seem to be properly functioning.

Korea National Real Time Data Base for NEAR-GOOS has been transferred from KIOST to Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration (KHOA) due to the reshuffle of Korean Government in 2008. KHOA has been constructing and will put in operation the Korea National RTDB for NEAR-GOOS. Prior to its operation, the current Korea national RTDB for NEAR-GOOS has been maintained at website: At the moment 145 real-time offshore/coastal observing stations has been operating by KORDI, KHOA, KMA and NFRDI with oceanographic and marine meteorological data observed and transmitted by satellite or CDMA in real-time mode. With the improving observing capability, KHOA has been establishing an integrated national Real-Time Data Base which will become available to the public when the new website becomes operational.

The Korea National DMDB for NEAR-GOOS has been maintained and updated by the Korean Oceanographic Data Center (KODC) with data and information available on the Serial monthly oceanographic data from 1961 to 2010 (water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, meteorological factors, nutrients, zooplankton biomass) and daily coastal oceanographic data from 1923 to 2010 (water temperature, air temperature, meteorological factors). However, the NDMDB with website still has some problem for appropriate access.

The Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI) continued to maintain the national Real Time Data Base (RTDB) for NEAR-GOOS in Russian ( with provision of operational and archived oceanographic and marine meteorological data from 3 coastal stations and ship reports. He informed the meeting that website of the RTDB is out of service due to constructions it is undergoing to provide data observed from new autonomous mooring systems installed in the NEAR-GOOS region from 2010 to 2011, although these information is currently available at

Russian National Delayed Mode Data Base (DMDB) for NEAR-GOOS has been maintained by V.I.Il’ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute (POI) at ( with renewal and provision of historical oceanographic data observed by national and foreign organizations in the Northwest Pacific including NEAR-GOOS seas, and the data set of POI, FERHRI and TINRO marine expeditions (hydrology, chemistry and biology). The information on recent POI oceanographic cruise in the NEAR-GOOS area is located at POI&orgs=Select. Information on current cruises could be found at New information on coastal observations is added at Several links has been recently established with the newly completed Russian Atlas Climate of the Seas (http://data.oceaninfo. info/atlas/Jap/index.html) and joint publication with NODC (USA) on Climatic Atlas of the North Pacific Marginal Seas ( PACIFIC2009/ ) to which the Russian National DMDB has made major contribution.

Other Implementations

The 3rd Korea-China Joint Workshop on Marine Environment Forecasting System for the Yellow Sea and East China Sea with objectives to share experience on, review the current status of, and promote the cooperation on the research & development of ocean forecasting systems. It was held on Wednesday, April 25-29, 2012 at the Hotel President, Seoul, Korea, hosted by KORDI.

Initiate a pilot project titled “NEAR-GOOS Cross-basin Climate Monitoring Section” with objectives to improve the understanding of the response of regional seas in the NEAR-GOOS region to climate change. The section would be based on PM line implemented regularily by JMA from Japanese coast up north to Yamato Rise and 134E line implemented by POI FEB RAS from Russian coast down south to Yamato rise. Other NEAR-GOOS countries are encouraged to consider the possibility of conducting joint cruises in the regional seas of NEAR-GOOS region.

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