Historical Arctic and Antarctic Surface Observational Data
Entry ID: NSIDC-0190

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Abstract: This product consists of meteorological data from 105 Arctic weather stations and 137 Antarctic stations, extracted from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)'s Integrated Surface Hourly (ISH) database. Variables include wind direction, wind speed, visibility, air temperature, dew point temperature, and sea level pressure. Temporal coverage varies by station, with the earliest record in 1913 and the latest in 2002. Data are in tab-delimited ASCII text format, with one file per station and year. Graphs of meteorological variables throughout the time series accompany the ASCII data. Data are available via FTP.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -60.72   S: -90.0   E: 178.72   W: 0.0
  N: 83.63   S: 59.98   E: -13.58   W: -73.17

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Julienne Stroeve and Christopher Shuman
Dataset Title: Historical Arctic and Antarctic Surface Observational Data
Dataset Release Date: 2004-01-07
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Version: 1
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0190.html
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1913-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31
Quality NCDC, AFCCC, and FNMOD (2000) states that 'data have undergone extensive automated quality control, and additional manual quality control for U.S. Air Force stations, U.S. Navy stations, and U.S. National Weather Service stations.' Upon extracting and reformatting the data, Julienne Stroeve (NSIDC) checked that all data values were correctly filled in.
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NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html
Dataset ID: NSIDC-0190

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 1 KB to 1.5 MB
Distribution Format: Tab-delimited ASCII text
Email: stroeve at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309
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AFCCC. 1998. Documentation for DATSAV3 surface hourly data. Asheville, NC: AFCCC. http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/documentlibrary/tddoc/td9955.pdf

Lott, N., R. Baldwin, and P. Jones. 2001. The FCC Integrated Surface Hourly Database, NCDC Technical Report 2001-01. Asheville, NC: NCDC. http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/techrpts/tr200101/tr2001-01.pdf

NCDC, AFCCC, and FNMOD. 2000. Federal Climate Complex data documentation for integerated surface hourly data. Asheville, NC: National Climatic Data Center. http://support.weblakes.com/Resource/td3505.pdf
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-01-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-14
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