The World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) Data Assembly Center
(DAC) for Surface Meteorology (WOCE-MET) collects, checks, and
distributes all underway surface meteorological data recorded during
Data include wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, air
temperature, wet-bulb temperature, dew point temperature, sea surface
temperature, ... relative humidity, specific humidity, precipitation, and
radiation. Data are available for the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and
The following data types exist for all oceans:
One-time Data: One time lines are hydrographic sections completed
only once during the WOCE field phase. Frequently these lines are
completed in segments (north,south,etc.) and, on occasion, are
completed more than once.
Repeat Data: Repeat lines are hydrographic sections or regions upon
which multiple cruises are completed during the WOCE field phase. The
frequency (monthly,biannual,etc.) of the cruises varies.
Time Series Data: Time series hydrographic cruises are similar to
repeat cruises, except measurements are collected at a specified
position in the ocean. Vessels normally drift for several days near
the time series site.
The WOCE-MET web site provides access to the most complete,
documented, and up-to-date collection of surface meteorology data
available for the WOCE project. It should be considered the definitive
source for WOCE-related data of this type.
[This summary was adapted from the FSU/COAPS web site.]