Submarine Operational And Research Environmental Database (SOARED)

Updated 2001-07-06

The Submarine Operational And Research Environmental Database (SOARED)is comprised of a fixed relational environmental database using unclassified data collected during the Science Ice Exercises (SCICEX) during the past several years. It also includes publicly accessible gridded historical sound velocity, temperature and salinity data from 1900 from the US National Oceanographic Data Center. This project is a demonstration system to show ways to retrieve and analyze sound velocity, temperature and salinity profiles, bathymetry and ice thickness data using a mouse-driven GIS-based query.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

SOARED is the basis for 2 follow on projects: a real-time data acquisition and archiving tool called the FAST TACTical Integration Console (FAST TACTIC) intended for use by US Navy submarines, and a fixed relational database, display and analysis system called the SCICEX Database Project (SDP), recently proposed to the US National Science Foundation. The demonstration system is web-accessible at: The site is also intended to allow comments and suggestions from other investigators.

Time frame

Project time span
1999 -
Data collection
1900 - 1996
Data processing
1997 - 1999
Data reporting
1900 - 1996

Contact information

Contact person
Paul A. Bienhoff
Paul Bienhoff Senior Professional Staff, Ocean Engineering Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, MS 24W445 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Other project contacts
Jeffrey Smart Principal Professional Staff, Environmental Support System Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Room 8-308 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6099

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Seawater/suspended particulate matter
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Sound velocity, temperature and salinity profiles, bathymetry and ice thickness data are available. The demonstration site includes representative data collected from US submarines during SCience ICe EXercises (SCICEX) in 1995 and 1996. A project goal for a follow on effort (the SCICEX Database Project) is to add the remaining data collected during ALL of the SCICEX cruises (1995-2000), along with data collected on future cruises.


Regions studied
Arctic, Circumpolar
Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean - Canadian Basin
Arctic Seas
Beaufort Sea
Chukchi Sea
Other areas
SCICEX Data Release Area
Stations or areas where observations are made

The SCICEX Data Release Area is shown graphically at: Specific coordinates may be obtained from the US Arctic Submarine Laboratory (URL:

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Selected data is available now on the SOARED website: . The data is expected to be accessible (linked) from the US Arctic Science System Data Coordination Center (ARCSS-DCC) in 2003, if the SCICEX Database Project is supported by the US National Science Foundation.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Various. The data to be included in the SCICEX Database Project will be collected from the Principal Investigators who participated in all of the SCICEX cruises - over 20 US, Canadian, British, and Norwegian academic institutes are represented.

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

US National Science Foundation, US Office of Naval Research

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project


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