International Programme for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB)
Entry ID: IPAB

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Summary
Abstract: The International Programme for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB) is run by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). IPAB is a self-sustaining project of the WCRP, and provides a link between institutions with Antarctic and Southern Ocean interests. IPAB was formally established, following a one year pilot phase, at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland in June 1994. IPAB aims to establish and maintain a network of drifting buoys in the Antarctic sea-ice zone, which monitor ice motion, pressure and temperature. In 1997, 16 organisations, representing 11 countries, were involved in the IPAB programme, including: Alfred Wegener Institute, Antarctic CRC, Australian Antarctic Division, British Antarctic Survey, Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, INPE -National Institute for Space Research, Institute for Marine Research and University of Helsinki, Hydrographic Department, Maritime Safety Agency, National Ice Center, National Institute of Polar Research, Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antardtide, Scott Polar Research Institute, Service Argos, South African Weather Bureau, United Kingdom Meteorological Office, and World Data Center A Glaciology. Tables of data availability, information, experiment details, literature, and data sets are available from the IPAB home page. Links are also available to databases held by other organisations, and links to Arctic and Indian Ocean buoy databases.

The data are available via several urls given below. Further information and the data can be obtained from the IPAB home page url. The data and documentation are also available directly from the NSIDC website. Finally, a copy of the data are also held locally on the Australian Antarctic Data Centre's servers.

The documentation held at the NSIDC website provides important information on interpreting the dataset. A static copy of this document is included with the local copy of the dataset held on the Australian Antarctic Data Centre's servers.

Data from January 1995 to July 1998 only has been made available on the NSIDC website (and correspondingly on the AADC's servers). More data should be available soon.

This work was also completed as part of ASAC projects 732, 742 and 2678.

The fields in this dataset are:
Buoy Number
Year
Time
Longitude
Latitude
ARGOS Positional Accuracy
Sea Ice Flag
Air Pressure
Air Temperature
Water Temperature
Velocity

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Dataset maintained on the NSIDC site


Link: GET DATA
Description: Download page for Australian Antarctic Data Centre


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: IPAB home page - data and documentation


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Public information for ASAC project 732


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Public information for ASAC project 742


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Public information for ASAC project 2678


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Citation reference for this metadata record and dataset


Geographic Coverage
 N: -55.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > SOUTHERN OCEAN
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > ARCTIC
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION >OCEAN CURRENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WINDS >CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >ICE EXTENT    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >ICE TYPES    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >PACK ICE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >SEA ICE MOTION    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
OCEANS


Quality
Fairly complete coverage of the study area - south of 55 degrees South latitude, and includes that region of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marginal seas within the maximum seasonal sea-ice extent. There is some bias in terms of time coverage towards the early to mid months of the year (eg. March to August). During 1995, there were a total of 19 buoys operating in Antarctic sea ice, and reporting via the GTS, plus an additional 11 buoys deployed which provided data to the IPAB database, but not to the GTS. During 1996, a total of 21 drifting buoys operated, with all but 3 of these reporting via the GTS. During 1997, 11 new buoys were deployed, with information being reported from 20 buoys. Problems with the positioning system and northward drift out of the sea-ice zone reduced the amount of information collected. Please see the URL link for further information.


Access Constraints
Data are stored in various international databases. Databases can be accessed via the WWW from the URL given.

The data are also stored locally on the Australian Antarctic Data Centre's servers and can be accessed from there.


Use Constraints
This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=IPAB when using these data.


Keywords
AIR PRESSURE
AIR TEMPERATURE
ANTARCTICA
ARGOS POSITIONAL ACCURACY
BUOY NUMBER
DRIFTING BUOY
IPAB
LATITUDE
LONGITUDE
SEA ICE FLAG
SOUTHERN OCEAN
TIME
VELOCITY
WATER TEMPERATURE
YEAR


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
WCRP


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DATA OFFICER AADC
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia



Distribution
Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 3.6 MB
Fees: Free


Personnel
IAN ALLISON
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6226 7648
Fax: +61 3 6226 7650
Email: ian.allison at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-09-11

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