The National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) Cameroon was created in February 28, 2001. It is a member of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE).
In Cameroon, the project is hosted by the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) which is under the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI). The project is implemented by the IRAD Specialized Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CERECOMA) based in Kribi coastal town.
The IRAD Specialized Research Centre for Marine Ecosystems (CERECOMA) is based in the coastal town of Kribi in the South Region of Cameroon.
The NODC activities have focused on the development of skills for manipulation of Data, preparation of Data and information products and participation in IODE conferences. The Batoke/Limbe Research Station for Fisheries and Oceanography hosted this Center from 2001 to 2003. Since 2004 the NODC was moved to the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Douala. Following the evaluation visit of the ODINAFRICA Project Coordinator in Cameroon and view the difficulties encountered at Douala University, the Coordinator decided that the National Oceanographic Data should be localized in CERECOMA (IRAD Kribi). This is effective since 1st August 2006.
The mission of NODC Cameroon is to:
- collect, process stock and archives, diffuse and manage oceanographic data and information holdings in Cameroon,
- participate in the International Exchange of Oceanographic Data and Information and in meetings of the IODE and to the development of the international inventories of IODE.
The National Coordinator for NODC Cameroon is:
Dr Jean Folack
President of ENVIREP Consultancy Office
International Expert on Environment, Coastal and Marine Resources Management
P.O.Box 28 Limbe
Republic of Cameroon
mobile Phone:(237) 77 61 12 53 /94 41 25 17