The Comprehensive Pacific Rainfall Database (Pacrain) from 1971 to the Present
Entry ID: ATOLL_RAIN_PACIFIC

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Summary
Abstract: Pacrain data are available at:
"http://www.evac.ou.edu/pacrain/"

The Environmental Verification and Analysis Center maintains a data
base of daily rainfall reports for the Tropical Western Pacific Ocean.
The Comprehensive Pacific Rainfall DataBase (Pacrain) contains daily
rainfall observations from 1971 to present. It is updated monthly
and includes data from the New Zealand National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Science, the French Polynesian Meteorological Service, and
from the NOAA/National Climatic Data Center. Reports are supplemented
by observations taken from the Schools of the Pacific Rainfall Climate
Experiment (SPaRCE) program. The principal investigator on the
project is Dr. Mark Morrissey. The project is funded by the NOAA
Climate and Global Change Project.

The area represented in Pacrain is between approximately 135 degrees
E longitude to 125 W longitude and 30 degrees N latitude to 30 degrees
S latitude. Observation locations include atoll and islands stations:
the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Cooks,
French Polynesia, Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati.

A technical report describing Pacrain is available from the Environmental
Verification and Analysis Center.
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On October 21, 1998 the Environmental Verifification and Analysis
Center at the University of Oklahoma announced a substantial
update of the on-line availability of data and enhancement of
retrieval features.

The most recent update was October 21, 1998. Data are available for
most stations through June 1998.

The web site features an interactive webpage that allows you to select
stations within selected time ranges, by observation site category
(Islands, Atolls, or all), by latitude-longitude region, and by record
quality (percent of observations present). The webpage also includes
a java-based map which allows selection of stations through a
point-and-click map.

There is also recently added extraction software for the PC. You can
download the fortran code and daily data files to your PC and use the
same functionality of the interactive webpage.

Zipped archives of all daily files are available for both PC and Unix
machines. Monthly totals, calculated from the daily observations, are
also available for download to PC or Unix machines.

Geographic Coverage
 N: 30.0 S: -30.0  E: -135.0  W: 125.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Dr. Mark Morrissey
Dataset Title: The Comprehensive Pacific Rainfall Database (Pacrain) from 1971 to the Present
Dataset Release Place: Norman, Oklahoma USA
Dataset Publisher: Environmental Verification and Analysis Center
Online Resource: http://www.evac.ou.edu/pacrain/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1971-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > EQUATORIAL


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >LIQUID PRECIPITATION >RAIN >RAINFALL    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
GROUND STATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
RAIN GAUGES    [Information]


Project
GEWEX >Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment    [Information]
GLOBE >Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment    [Information]
GPCP >Global Precipitation Climatology Project    [Information]
SPARCE >Schools of the Pacific Rainfall Climate Experiment    [Information]


Keywords
ATOLL
CLIMATOLOGY
COOKS
CPRDB
DAILY DATA
FRENCH POLYNESIA
IDN_NODE GSFC/UO
KIRIBATI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MICRONESIA
NEW ZEALAND
PACRAIN
RAINFALL
SURFACE
TOKELAU
TROPICAL RAINFALL
TUVALU


Originating Center
OU


Data Center
Environmental Verification and Analysis Center, University of Oklahoma    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.evac.ou.edu/
Dataset ID: Pacrain

Data Center Personnel
Name: MARK LEE MORRISSEY
Phone: 405-447-8412
Fax: 405-447-8455
Email: mmorriss at ou.edu
Contact Address:
Environmental Verification and Analysis Center
3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 110
City: Norman
Province or State: OK
Postal Code: 73072-8032
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: electronic
Distribution_Size: 7 MB uncompressed
Distribution_Format: ASCII text


Personnel
BARBARA GIBSON
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 405-447-8412
Fax: 405-447-8455
Email: bgibson at ou.edu
Contact Address:
Environmental Verification and Analysis Center
3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 110
City: Norman
Province or State: OK
Postal Code: 73072-8032
Country: USA


MARK LEE MORRISSEY
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 405-447-8412
Fax: 405-447-8455
Email: mmorriss at ou.edu
Contact Address:
Environmental Verification and Analysis Center
3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 110
City: Norman
Province or State: OK
Postal Code: 73072-8032
Country: USA


SCOTT A. RITZ
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 301-614-5126
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2004-03-19

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