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Data Distribution Liability & Acknowledgement

Users are responsible for reading both the Data Distribution Liability & Acknowledgement information, which applies to all data on this website, and the metadata specific to the data of interest.

Distribution Liability Statement

Use of the data without completely reading and understanding the metadata is not recommended. The Baruch Institute, partner institution if any, Baruch Institute and partner institution researchers, and Grantor are not responsible for the use and/or misuse of data from any database. See the following Distribution Liability Statement for more information.

The datasets are only as good as the quality assurance and quality control procedures outlined in the Metadata which is available for each database. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use in any further analyses or comparisons. No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences system for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data be directly acquired from the Belle Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. Neither the Belle W. Baruch for Marine and Coastal Sciences, the National Science Foundation (for LTER data), nor the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Sanctuaries and Reserves Division (for NERR data) shall be held liable for use of the data described and/or contained herein.

Software Use Disclaimer

Any software that is linked for download from this website is the copyrighted work of their respective companies and/or its suppliers. Use of the Software is governed by the terms of the end-user license agreement, if any, which accompanies or is included with the Software ("License Agreement"). By downloading these programs you agree that the University of South Carolina and the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences are not responsible for any damages that may occur during the installation or downloading of these programs.


Following academic courtesy standards, the PIs (originators), the University of South Carolina's Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, any partner institutions, and the Grantor (see Data Set Credit section in the metadata for the particular dataset) should be fully acknowledged in any publication in which any part of these data are used. The publication citation should be provided to the institute via email at

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