Marine Information Management System

The Marine Information Management System (MIMS) is an open repository that archives and publishes collections and subsets of marine related datasets for the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries: Oceans and Coastal Research (DEFF:OCR), South Africa.

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Remotely sensed

Ocean observations from satellites

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Research vessels

Ship-based data from hydrographic cruises

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Point observations

Times series data from weather stations and oceanographic moorings

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Data measuring physical seawater properties and the physical processes within the ocean such as waves, currents, eddies, gyres and tides, and the interactions of the atmosphere and the ocean.


Data examining the chemical composition of seawater, its processes and cycles, and the chemical interactions of the ocean with the atmosphere and seafloor.


Data recording the distribution, abundance, and production of marine species and how these species develop and interact with their environment.


Meteorological observations such as wind, temperature, humidity, pressure and rainfall. These parameters are measured by weather stations along the coast or mounted on research vessels.