International Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) (DSI-1173)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00606

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Summary
Abstract: International Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) consists of digital data set DSI-1173, archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). ICOADS is the world's largest collection of marine surface in situ observations with 185+ million records for 1784 through the present. ICOADS is developed and maintained as a cooperative effort between NSF's National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): specifically its Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC), in conjunction with the Cooperative Institute for Research Sciences (CIRES) of the University of Colorado, and its National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).ICOADS is a collection of global marine surface observations from 1784-present. The data is originally from Surface Marine Observations, DSI-1129, (C00242). This data set is in the process of being archived; the earliestyears are not yet available. NCDC plans to eventually make the entire data set available. The coverage is global and sampling density varies depending on date and position relative to major ocean shipping routes. ICOADS data are made available through observations that are taken primarily from ships (merchant, ocean research, fishing, navy, etc.) and moored and drifting buoys. Each report contains individual observations of meteorological and oceanographic variables, such as sea surface and air temperatures, winds, pressure, humidity, wet bulb, dew point, ocean waves and cloudiness.Also available from NCDC, but separate from DSI-1173, are monthly statistics of observations. The monthly time series are available from 119 ships or buoys dating back to November, 2001. After the observations are summarized the data are not interpolated or analyzed to fill data voids. The spatial coverage varies depending on the date and position relative to major ocean shipping routes. A monthly summary for an area box includes ten statistics (e.g. mean, median, standard deviation, etc.) for 22 observed and computed variables (e.g. sea surface and air temperature, wind, pressure, humidity, cloudiness, etc.). Monthly data is available in an ASCII table format.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: data set

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition

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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: International Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) (DSI-1173)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital data
Online Resource: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/CDO/CDOMarineSelect.jsp http://www.ncdc.no...


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1784-01-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >VISIBILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >PRESSURE TENDENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SEA LEVEL PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD CEILING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >HAIL    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >RAIN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >SLEET    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >SNOW    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN PRESSURE >SEA LEVEL PRESSURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >SWELLS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WAVE HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WAVE PERIOD    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WAVE SPEED/DIRECTION    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >ICE EDGES    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >SEA ICE CONCENTRATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
OCEANS


Platform
BUOYS    [Information]
SHIPS    [Information]


Instrument
Radar Altimeters    [Information]
ANEMOMETERS    [Information]
BAROMETERS    [Information]
BATHYTHERMOGRAPHS    [Information]
DRIFTING BUOYS    [Information]
HYGROMETERS    [Information]
PSYCHROMETERS    [Information]
RAIN GAUGES    [Information]
TEMPERATURE SENSORS    [Information]
Thermometers    [Information]
WET BULB THERMOMETERS    [Information]
WIND VANES    [Information]
CEILOMETERS    [Information]
VISUAL OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Project
COADS >Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set    [Information]
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 OCEAN
GOSIC
G3OS/


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/
Dataset ID: ______DSI-1173 ____

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



Distribution
Distribution_Format: ASCII and XML
Fees: Please See Summary


Personnel
NCDC METADATA SERVICES
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.metadata at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: North Carolina
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-02-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-07-21

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