The World Data Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (WDC-MARE) is aimed at collecting, scrutinizing, and disseminating data related to Global Change and earth system research in the fields of environmental oceanography, marine geosciences, and marine biology. It focuses on georeferenced data using the PANGAEA information system as its long-term archive and publication unit.

WDC-MARE is maintained by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), a research center of the Helmholtz Association, and the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), University of Bremen. Additional support is provided by the DFG Research Center Ocean Margins (rcom).

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Due to a reorganization of the WDC System of ICSU, WDC-MARE is closed. Data of WDC-MARE are available via PANGAEA which has been accredited as a World Data Center in the new ICSU World Data System (WDS).


A copy of the European Pollen Database (EPD) is transfered to PANGAEA for archiving


The WDC-MARE web site is included in the historic collection of Internet materials of the United States Library of Congress


4th data curators workshop at MARUM, Bremen


International Science Council to Revamp World Data Centers


A project is under way to set up a portal for the new World Data System led by Michael Diepenbroeck, director of WDC-MARE.


PANGAEA becomes archive for supplementary data related to publications from marine research through a cooperation with Elsevier (Example doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2007.09.002).


Data warehouse operational


Data rescue for NoE EUR-OCEANS starts


The information system PANGAEA wins one of the InfoWorld 100 Awards.


During the 3rd curators workshop, improvements of data flow and access are discussed by 17 project data curators.


Data archiving becomes integral part of the DFG priority program for polar research. WDC-MARE is defined as one of the major data archives for marine research within the International Polar Year 2007/2009 (IPY).


International Conference of World Data Centers in Bremen, organized by WDC-MARE (find a note in AGU/EOS).


WDC-MARE is presented during the annual SCOR meeting in London.