The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1996 nominated the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) to be the Designated National Agency (DNA) for oceanographic data, taking over from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. The nomination was based on the expertise and orientation of IMS. The DNA status was upgraded to National Oceanographic Data Centre (TzNODC) in December 2002. The main functions of the TzNODC are:
– To acquire and archive coastal and marine (oceanographic) data and information from national and international sources (e.g., research institutions, government departments, regional and international data centres)
– To analyse data and convert it to information by producing data summaries or information products for public consumption.
– To facilitate access and exchange of data and information between scientists (sources), data centres (archives) and users (decision makers and managers) as well informing the general public.
– To provide various data and information services useful to scientists, managers and the general public; as requested or found useful by the centre scientists.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania