The Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IO-BAS) was founded in 1973 and is affiliated to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The main research activities are focused on the field of marine physics, ocean technique and technologies, data management, biology and ecology, costal dynamics, chemistry, geology and underwater investigations. The Institute hosts Bulgarian National Oceanographic Data Centre (BGODC). Traditionally involved in all aspects of marine research it also offers consulting and expert services, environmental impact assessment studies, education and training. IO represents BAS as a coordinator of all studies related with the Black Sea and World Ocean by the National Oceanographic Commission (NOC) and successfully directs the research activity and international relations within the frame of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
IO-BAS is in charge of the operation of the Black Sea INSITU TAC component for Copernicus Marine Service. It is also involved in the activity on the quality and multi-year assessment for the Black sea regional products.