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The U.S. Navy has established the Institute for Naval Oceanography (INO, in NSTL, Miss.), which has as its principal goal the development and demonstration of mesoscale eddy-resolving ocean prediction systems on a global basis. Data bases of meteorological and oceanographic variables are a component in understanding and predicting the dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic systems. Thus high-quality, well documented data bases are vital for the development of ocean prediction systems and are crucial for the achievement of INO's mission. In recognition of this, the INO sponsored the first workshop on archived ocean data bases to support research, development, and operations in ocean prediction and modeling. The workshop did not explicitly address real-time data bases, which warrant separate treatment.