The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) is an official joint body of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). It consists of the data buoy component of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).

Principal objectives of the DBCP are to:

  1. review and analyse requirements for buoy data
  2. coordinate and facilitate deployment programmes to meet network requirements
  3. support information exchange and technology development
  4. improve quantity and quality of buoy data distributed on the Global Telecommunication System (GTS)
  5. initiate and support action groups and
  6. liaise with relevant international/national bodies and programmes.



The Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centre for Drifting Duoys (RNODC/DB) is operated by ISDM (Canada). RNODC/DB routinely collects GTS FM-18 BUOY reports from the GTS. The BUOY reports go through an automatic decoding system every day and failed reports go to a recovery file. This is reviewed daily to salvage what is possible. At the end of each month ISDM carries out Quality Control (QC) and updates to its archives. Daily files of non-QC data go to some users by ftp.

ISDM also cooperates with the Global Drifter Program at AOML in Miami FL, USA to archive the delayed mode processing that they undertake. These data come to ISDM roughly annually. They are updated to archives and also made available through its web site.