The Mediterranean Oceanic Data Base, Offering Hydrographic Profiles and 3-D Gridded Temperature, Salinity and Current Velocity DataEntry ID: MODB_TEMP_SAL_BATHY
Abstract: The Mediterranean Oceanic Data Base (MODB) provides data products, analysis software packages, and visualization tools to scientists working in the Mediterranean Sea.
Available data sets include over 100,000 historical profiles of temperature and salinity collected in the Mediterranean, Black and Azov Seas between 1900 and 1993.
In addition, temperature, salinity, u-component current velocity, ... and v-component current velocity fields are available for winter, spring, summer and autumn on a 1/4-degree grid and 19 levels on the vertical, objectively reconstructed using a variational analysis scheme. The velocity fields are diagnosed from the seasonal climatology using a free-surface primitive equation model.
Mediterranean bathymetry is also available from the ETOPO5 data base, global depths and elevations on a 5-minute grid. Online extraction software allows for subsetting of the bathymetric data.
Software products include the variational analysis package, with a user interface, which was used to reconstruct the gridded fields; Ocean Data View PC-software for MS-DOS to visualize hydrographic profiles and sections; and ModbWin, a visualization program for the gridded data under MS-Windows.
Also available are several technical notes, scientific publications describing the products, an atlas report that includes figures illustrating the seasonal climatology of the Mediterranean, and various images in gif or jpeg format representing subjects related to the Mediterranean Sea.
There is no charge for MODB products.
Use Restrictions: The data must be used for scientific purposes only. Users are fully responsible for the application of MODB data. The Commission of the European Union and the MODB project should be acknowledged in any publication referring to MODB data or their use.
[This summary was derived from Eos, see References.]
Start Date: 1900-01-01Stop Date: 1993-12-31
Distribution Media: Online (FTP)
Distribution Media: Online (World Wide Web)
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov
Brasseur, P. 1995. Free data offered to researchers studying the
Mediterranean. Eos, Transactions AGU, vol.76, no.37 (Sept. 12, 1995),
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Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-05-10