Submit DataData are reported according to the Environmental Reporting Format version 3.2 in order to be quality controlled and entered into the database.
The files must be screened for errors before submission which includes checks defined by the Regional Sea Conventions and ICES Expert Groups. Each submission receives an accession number which enables the status to be followed and summaries made. Once accepted into the database, files can be found via the DOME portal and the data are made available on the ICES Data Portal.
It is recommended to use the ICES Oceanographic data submission format for oceanographic and nutrients in seawater data.
For OSPAR and HELCOM yearly assessments, data must be submitted by the 1st of September. Generally, submissions and re-submissions can be made at any time of the year.