Global Upper Air CARDS Synoptic Sort (DSI-6306)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00550

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Summary
Abstract: Global Upper Air CARDS Synoptic Sort is digital data set DSI-6306, archived at the National Climatic
Data Center (NCDC). It is meteorological upper air data. CARDS stands for Comprehensive Aerological Data Set.
he goal of the CARDS project has been to produce global upper air data sets based on daily (up to four per day)
radiosonde observations suitable for use in evaluating climate models and detecting tropospheric and stratospheric
climate change. A major task of the CARDS project, which began in 1991, has been to build observational databases
and make this data available to the research community and to NCDC customers. Data from over 27 sources has been
collected, converted to a like format, and processed through the Comprehensive Hydrostatic Quality Control (CHQC).
This data was then merged, based upon add/replace algorithms that took into consideration the number of mandatory
and significant pressure levels and the number of errors detected during the CHQC, selecting the best observations
from the available data sets. The data has then been further quality controlled via an advanced Complex Quality
Control (CQC) system. The CARDS database contains some 27 million observations beginning in 1948, comprising a data
set of approximately 64GB. A metadata record for each observation contains information related to the number of
levels in total and by type, as well as a summary of the observation. A full suite of inventories and reports is
available based upon the metadata. Building of future CARDS data sets will be based upon the detection and identification
or removal of systematic errors (biases). Also, CARDS will provide an in-depth upper air station history for 2400+
stations. CARDS data includes the following purely meteorological parameters: clouds and obscuration, pressure,
geopotential height, temperature, relative humidity, dew point depression, and wind speed and direction. CARDS
data also includes a large number of technical specifications and quality control parameters. DSI-6306 is a quality
controlled compilation of many upper air data sets. DSI-6306 is in synoptic order. The following is a partial list of
the data sets that were used in the construction of DSI-6306. (These data sets should not be used separately; they
contain original data as it was received at NCDC, prior to NCDC quality control.) DSI-Number Name FGDC Number DSI-6308
MIT Global Upper Air (CARDS) C00551 DSI-6309 NCAR-NMC Global Upper Air (CARDS) C00552 DSI-6310 Global Upper Air
(from TDF-54) (CARDS) C00553 DSI-6311 Global Upper Air (from TDF-56) (CARDS) C00554 DSI-6314 USSR GTS Global
Upper Air (CARDS) C00555 DSI-6315 Peoples Republic of China Upper Air (CARDS) C00556 DSI-6316 Argentina Upper Air
(CARDS) C00557 DSI-6318 Hong Kong Upper Air (CARDS) C00558 DSI-6319 Republic of Korea Upper Air (CARDS) C00559
DSI-6320 Hungary Upper Air (CARDS) C00560 DSI-6321 Netherlands Upper Air (CARDS) C00561 DSI-6322 Australia GTS
Upper Air (CARDS) C00562 DSI-6323 Australia Upper Air Thermo/Winds Merged (CARDS) C00563 DSI-6324 Brazil Upper
Air (CARDS) C00564 DSI-6325 USSR Upper Air (CARDS) C00565 DSI-6326 Global Upper Air (from TDF-5683) (CARDS) C00566
DSI-6355 Russian Ice Island Upper Air (CARDS) C00567 DSI-6380 Global Aircraft Reports (CARDS) C00568 MIT =
Massachusetts Institute of Technology NCAR = National Center for Atmospheric Research NMC = old National Meteorological
Center, now National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) GTS = Global Telecommunications System TDF =
Tape Deck Format USSR = old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics The names of the data sets indicate their source
and where observations were taken. For example, DSI-6324 is Brazilian data received from Brazil; DSI-6314 USSR GTS
Global Upper Air was received from the old USSR, who received it over GTS, and it is global data. NCDC maintains this
data set in archive but no longer updates nor actively distributes it. It has been superseded by the Integrated Global
Radiosonde Archive (IGRA) (C00616).


Purpose: To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: data set

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition

Related URL
Link: VIEW EXTENDED METADATA
Description: View Source Metadata document from the Metadata Manager and Repository (NMMR).


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Global Upper Air CARDS Synoptic Sort (DSI-6306)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital data
Online Resource: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/cab/igra/index...


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1948-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >VISIBILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >GEOPOTENTIAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >STATION HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >TEMPERATURE PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >WIND PROFILES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ELEVATION


Platform
RADIOSONDES    [Information]


Instrument
RADIOSONDES    [Information]


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Quality
ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Not provided

LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Unknown

COMPLETENESS REPORT: Completeness information not available.

LINEAGE/PROCESS STEP:
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: Unknown
PROCESS DATE: Unknown


Access Constraints
ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: None

DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of current NOAA quality control procedures. NOAA can only certify that the data provided to its customers is an authentic copy of the records which were accepted for inclusion in NOAA archives. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.


Use Constraints
None


Keywords
GLOBAL
GOSIC
G3OS/


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/
Dataset ID: ______DSI-6306 ____

Data Center Personnel
Name: NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA


Personnel
NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-06-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-07-21

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