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The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) has announced the availability of the Global Ocean Data Inventory: FGGE (Global Weather Experiment) Operational Year, September 1978 through March 1980. This microfiche publication contains inventory information about 6,242 oceanographic data sets collected or planned to be collected during the FGGE operational year.

Each data set is described by a one-page entry based on inventory reports received from 1,260 principal investigators in 33 participating countries. An introduction and cross-reference tables facilitate searches for inventoried data sets by data parameter; principal investigator; country; and major ocean area, according to NODC. The inventory entries list which repositories are holding collected data. Also included is a special index to data in the tropics, called Level IIc data.