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NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) Flight Level Data
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00581

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Summary
Abstract: NOAA AOC WP-3D Research Flight Data is digital data set DSI-6420, archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). This data set is meteorological data gathered by Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, operated by the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) at MacDill AFB, Florida. Data is provided by the Science and Engineering Division of AOC to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The WP-3D aircraft perform many projects throughout the year. Examples of these projects would be hurricane research, atmospheric chemistry, thunderstorm investigations, and winter weather missions. Each of these projects consists of a series of individual flights. For instance, during hurricane projects, the P-3 may fly numerous flights through different tropical cyclones. For each archived project, there are multiple directories consisting of individual flights. The data in these flight directories contain the actual raw meteorological parameters obtained from sensors located in different positions on the aircraft. The data is initially written to a digital data tape on the aircraft and then later converted to a file for faster processing and archiving. Each flight folder also contains a scanned image of the actual flight manifest, the navigation log, and the mission observation logs. The flight-level data file contains measurements acquired in one second intervals. The following is a generalized list of these measured parameters: Time, GPS position data, inertial data, radar altimeter measurements, liquid water, total temperature, dewpoint temperature, attack pressure, slip pressure, differential attack and slip pressures, and static and dynamic pressure. Depending on the needs of each individual project, other sources of data will be added or subtracted from this list. As of publication this record consists of 5 projects: 1) NOAA-42 Aircraft-N42RF during the 2003 Hurricane season, the Tamdar project, and a wind calibration flight. 2) NOAA-43 Aircraft-N43RF-2003 Sar Pod, Hurricane, and Extratropical Season as well as the SFMR test flight missions. 3) NOAA-49 Aircraft-N49RF 2004 Winter Storms Experiment. 4) NOAA-43 Name Experiment 2004. 5) NOAA-49 Aircraft N49RF Hurricane Season 2004.

Purpose: This dataset is intended to provide a detailed understanding of atmospheric processes in storms for researchers.

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Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: NOAA AOC Home Page
Information on the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 80.0 S: -10.0  E: -30.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/OMAO/AOC > Aircraft Operations Center, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) Flight Level Data
Data Presentation Form: tableDigital


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-09-15


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE
VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA SURFACE


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TROPICAL CYCLONES >HURRICANES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >STORMS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >PRESSURE THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >VERTICAL WIND MOTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >WIND PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION RATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >AIRSPEED/GROUND SPEED    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >ATTITUDE CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >CYCLONES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TYPHOONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >UPPER AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >MICROWAVE >BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
WP-3D ORION >Lockheed WP-3D Orion    [Information]


Instrument
DROPWINDSONDES    [Information]
DROPSONDES    [Information]
GPS SONDE    [Information]
XBT >Expendable Bathythermographs    [Information]
XCP >Expendable Current Profiler    [Information]
PMS 2D-S PROBE >Particle Measuring Systems 2D-S Probe    [Information]
PMS >Particle Measuring System
ELDORA >Electra Doppler Radar    [Information]
MR >MICROWAVE RADIOMETER    [Information]
MFRSR >Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer and Broadband Pyranometer    [Information]
C-SCAT >C-Band Scatterometer    [Information]
IR CO2 ANALYZER >Infrared Carbon Dioxide Analyzer
PYRANOMETERS    [Information]
PYRGEOMETERS    [Information]
ANEMOMETERS    [Information]
TEMPERATURE SENSORS    [Information]
HUMIDITY SENSORS    [Information]
PRESSURE SENSORS
Scatterometers    [Information]
C-SAR >C-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar    [Information]
STEP FREQUENCY RADIOMETERS    [Information]
KU-BAND RADAR >Ku-Band Radar Altimeter    [Information]


Use Constraints
Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA Aircraft Operations Center ([year of data]): NOAA AOC Flight Level Data [indicate dataset name and subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. [access date].

NCEI 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. NCEI makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.


Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA > HURRICANES
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA > STORMS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > PRESSURE THICKNESS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > TEMPERATURE PROFILES
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR PROFILES
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > UPPER LEVEL WINDS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > VERTICAL WIND MOTION
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > WIND PROFILES
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD MICROPHYSICS > CLOUD OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION RATE
EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE
EARTH SCIENCE > SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > MICROWAVE WAVELENGTHS > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
EARTH SCIENCE > SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS > AIRSPEED/GROUND SPEED
EARTH SCIENCE > SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS > ATTITUDE CHARACTERISTICS
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA > CYCLONES
EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA > TYPHOONS
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE
VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA SURFACE
WP-3D ORION > Lockheed WP-3D Orion
DROPWINDSONDES
DROPSONDES
GPS SONDE
XBT > Expendable Bathythermographs
XCP > Expendable Current Profiler
PMS 2C-S PROBE > Particle Measuring Systems 2C-S Probe
PMS 2P-S PROBE > Particle Measuring Systems 2P-S Probe
PMS 2D-S PROBE > Particle Measuring Systems 2D-S Probe
PMS > Particle Measuring System
ELDORA > Electra Doppler Radar
C-band radar
MR > MICROWAVE RADIOMETER
SFMR > Step-Frequency Microwave Radiometer
MFRSR > Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer and Broadband Pyranometer
Ku-Band Scatterometer
C-SCAT > C-Band Scatterometer
IR CO2 ANALYZER > Infrared Carbon Dioxide Analyzer
PYRANOMETERS
PYRGEOMETERS
ANEMOMETERS
TEMPERATURE SENSORS
HUMIDITY SENSORS
PRESSURE SENSORS
Radiometers
SCATTEROMETERS
AXBT > Aircraft Expendable BathyThermographs
AXCP > Aircraft Expendable Current Probes
AXCTD > Airborne Expendable Conductivity Temperature Depth Probes
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


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

Data Center Personnel
Name: CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT BRANCH DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Federal Building, Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA


National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: https://ncei.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT BRANCH DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Federal Building, Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Format: ASCII Text
Fees: See Extended Metadata for fee information

Distribution_Format: netCDF
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Distribution_Format: Native Binary
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Personnel
PHILIP JONES
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.metadata at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
Federal Building, Room 468
151 Patton Avenue
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA


CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT BRANCH DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Federal Building, Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2015-10-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27



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