The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) Bio-Optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS) is part of NASA's Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OB.DAAC) and currently serves as the permanent publicly shared repository for all ocean measurement data collected under the auspices of NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (OBB) Program (Program Manager, Dr. Paula Bontempi). The SeaBASS database archives data files exclusively in the SeaBASS data file format.
The SeaBASS Data File Format Guidelines for Earth science data was approved for use in NASA Earth science data systems in 2016.
NASA Earth Science Community Recommendations for Use
The SeaBASS data file format is a self-describing ASCII format with a metadata header section followed by a delimited data matrix. The file format specification is described in Chapter 3 of the NASA Technical Memorandum The SeaWiFS Bio-Optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS): Current Architecture and Implementation. It is compliant with the ASCII File Format Guidelines for Earth Science Data approved for use in NASA’s Earth science data systems, meeting all requirements and most recommendations in that document.