Archive of Geosample Data and Information from the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML).

browse graphicimage of sea floor sample locations
The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanograpic and Meteorological
Laboratories (AOML) formerly operated a geosample repository which stored ocean floor cores and grabs collected during their marine geology research activities.
The repository housed 968 cores, grabs, and suspended sediment samples from multiple cruises of the ships Ferrel and Researcher collected from 1974 through 1981.
The AOML repository was decommissioned and samples previously curated by AOML are no longer available for study.
Prior to closing the repository, AOML coded and sent data and information related to their sample collection to NCEI (formerly NGDC) for long-term archive, and for
discoverability via the Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS) database.
  • cite as: NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML): Archive of data and information about the former AOML geosample collection. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5VM498W [date of access].
gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:archived-data_NOAA-AOML-sample-repository
Search Data
  • Map viewer (search)
    Open an ArcGIS interactive map interface with the AOML sample layer active, to search and download data from the IMLGS database and access related links.
  • Linked data interface (search)
    Offsite Linked Data interface (RDF graph) for Semantic Web access to the database, offered cooperatively on the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) server.
  • Open Data ArcGIS interface (search)
    Access sample information from the IMLGS using the Open Data ArcGIS interface enabling filtering, sorting, and export in multiple formats
Download Data
  • Web forms interface (download)
    Text interface to search and download data for AOML samples from the IMLGS database and access related links.
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII (Version: UTF-8)
    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
  • KML
    • File Specification: Keyhole Markup Language File
  • PDF
    • File Specification: Portable Document Format
Ordering Instructions Data are also available in other custom formats, including shapefiles on request.
Distributor User Services
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
303-497-6826
ngdc.info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Dr. Charles Featherstone
Geologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML)
305-361-4401
charles.featherstone@noaa.gov
Coverage Description Global ocean sea floor and lakebeds
Time Period 1974-03-19T00:00:00.000Z to 1981-08-31T00:00:00.000Z
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 40.555
S: 10.308
E: -21.9167
W: -89.4817
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
  • Publisher's landing page
    How to cite this data set (doi:10.7289/V5VM498W), all access options, and complete documentation.
  • Originator's Web page
    Documentation about AOML, see Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems research theme for more information.
  • Archived files
    Related offline geosample data files in the NCEI long-term archive
Associated Resources
  • AOML
    • Parent Institution
      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML)
  • Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Consortium: Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5H41PB8
    • Parent Database
      The parent IMLGS database contains more/related data and information.
  • NCEI Marine Geology Data Archive
    • Parent Archive
      Information about the Marine Geology Data Archive at NCEI.
  • NOAA/NCEI Marine Geology WAF
  • Parent ID (indicates this is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:G00028
Publication Dates
  • publication: 1977-12-31
  • revision: 2006-08-25
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency Not planned - AOML core data in the IMLGS were contributed prior to, and have not been updated since approximately 2006, the repository is closed and the cores are no longer available for research.
Supplemental Information
When AOML was formed, marine geophysical and geological research was a major focus of the laboratory, especially sedimentation and geotechnical properties of sediment. During that time, AOML established a core repository. The repository was decommissioned several years after AOML's mgg group was downsized and reorganized.
Purpose The purpose of adding information about the AOML geological samples collection to the IMLGS was originally to promote new research on existing samples. Since closure of the repository, the information still serves to improve public access to NOAA research results by providing geospatial information about samples on which former AOML techincal publications and research were based.
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Originators
  • Dr. Terry Nelson
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML)
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Sponsors
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Acknowledgments
  • The AOML core repository was funded by NOAA.
Theme keywords Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Databases
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
SeaDataNet Common Vocabularies
  • Marine geology
  • Rock and sediment lithology and mineralogy
USGS Science Topics
  • Sea-floor characteristics
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • IMLGS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints
  • Samples from the former AOML repository are no longer available for study.
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Sample metadata are available online for free download.
Other Constraints cite as: NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML): Archive of data and information about the former AOML geosample collection. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5VM498W [date of access].
Fees
  • free for online download
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Data are no longer received by NCEI from this repository. Incoming data were checked for adherence to controlled vocabularies, illegal data types in numeric fields, and out of range latitudes/longitudes. NCEI added IGSNs/links to related resources, where known, and performed cursory visual inspection of data for reasonableness, asking the originator for guidance on discrepancies.
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: database tables with auxiliary text and PDF documents.
Source Datasets
  • AOML reports and publications
    • Description of Source: Additional information about the samples may be contained in historic AOML technical reports and/or publications, some of which are archived by NCEI.
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
Platform
    Last Modified: 2015-12-31
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