World Ocean Database and World Ocean Atlas
Entry ID: NCAR_DS285.0

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Summary
Abstract: The World Ocean Database (WOD) has global ocean observed and standard depth data profiles. The World Ocean Atlas (WOA) has objectively analyzed climatological mean fields on both a quarter-degree and on a one-degree longitude by latitude grids. The gridded analyses are for annual, seasonal, and monthly means of six oceanographic variables: temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, and silicate on standard levels (typically at 102 depths, dependent on data availability). The products were derived at the Ocean Climate Laboratory (OCL) of the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). Development of the World Ocean products began in 1982 and they have been updated in 1994, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013. The featured products are now based on the 2013 versions. Some products from older version are still unique.

The WOD is the world's largest profile collection covering the global ocean and contains measurements from 1800 through 2013. The WOA are climatological grids at fixed depths derived from quality checked WOD profiles. This is a recognized world-wide standard and is often referenced in oceanographic research.

Related URL
Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: NODC's Ocean Climate Laboratory


Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: UCAR/NCAR/CISL/DSS > Data Support Section, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Dataset Title: World Ocean Database and World Ocean Atlas
Dataset Publisher: UCAR/NCAR/CISL/DSS > Data Support Section, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Online Resource: http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds285.0/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1800-01-01
Stop Date: 2013-12-31


Science Keywords
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >CHLOROPHYLL
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >SILICATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >PHOSPHATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >NITRATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >DISSOLVED GASES    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY >SALINITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
OCEANS


Platform
BUOYS    [Information]
OCEAN WEATHER STATIONS    [Information]
MOORINGS    [Information]
SHIPS    [Information]


Keywords
GRIDDING METHODS
MOVING SHIPS


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://rda.ucar.edu/
Dataset ID: 285.0

Data Center Personnel
Name: RDA HELP DESK
Phone: (303)-497-1231
Fax: (303)-497-1291
Email: rdahelp at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
CISL/DSS
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80307
Country: U.S.A.



Distribution
Distribution_Size: 224.362 Gbytes

Distribution_Format: netCDF > NETwork Common Data Format


Personnel
ZAIHUA JI
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (303)-497-1819
Fax: (303)-497-1291
Email: zji at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
CISL/DSS
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80307
Country: U.S.A.


STEVEN WORLEY
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (303)-497-1248
Fax: (303)-497-1291
Email: worley at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
CISL/DSS
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80307
Country: U.S.A.


BOB DATTORE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (303)-497-1825
Fax: (303)-497-1291
Email: dattore at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
CISL/DSS
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80307
Country: U.S.A.



Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-02-04

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