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Global and Regional Atmospheric, Hydrologic, and Oceanic Data from the INFOCLIMA Catalog of Climate System Data Sets
Entry ID: INFOCLIMA


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Summary
Abstract: The INFOCLIMA Data Base of Climate System Data Sets is a collection of
worldwide data center (280) and data set descriptions of
Climate-related data as part of the World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) World Climate Data and Monitoring Program (WCDMP) for the
purpose of being used in national, regional, or global climate
studies. The data base is divided into 8 categories: upper air;
surface (land) climatological; radiation (surface); maritime and
ocean; cryosphere; atmospheric composition; hydrological; and
proxy. INFOCLIMA references data set inventories for several
international data centers. Data center descriptions include contact
information, available media, data sets archived, group of sets having
similar contents, and an inventory of data sets referring to a special
subject. Data set descriptions include title, attributes, spatial
coverage (global or regional), temporal coverage, elements
(parameters), statistics, data type (observations, derived parameters,
grid point values, contour analyses, model data), brief summary,
quality control, publications, and volume information.

The elements (parameters) listed for each discipline (atmosphere,
ocean, and land) are comprehensive and extensive. Atmospheric
parameters include maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation,
pressure, wind, humidity, weather (cyclones, tornadoes), clouds,
visibility, evaporation, ozone, aerosols, greenhouse gases,
evapotranspiration, air density, solar radiation (direct, diffuse,
reflected, global, downward, and net), and air electricity.
Hydrologic parameters include snow depth and coverage, river
discharge, runoff, soil temperatures, soil moisture, ground water,
droughts, floods, volcanic activity, and surface water. Ocean
parameters include salinity, ocean currents, sea state, waves, swell
spectrum, ocean/bed sediments, sea ice, ice cores, icebergs, ice
thickness, and ice concentration. Other data include tree rings,
pollen, floral and faunal behavior, proxy/narrative archives, and
fossils.

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

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1734-01-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
VERTICAL LOCATION > BOUNDARY LAYER
VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA SURFACE
VERTICAL LOCATION > STRATOSPHERE
VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >TURBIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >GEOPOTENTIAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE GASES/TRACE SPECIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >DROUGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >STORMS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SURFACE PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >EVAPORATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >EVAPOTRANSPIRATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >ALBEDO    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE >SEA ICE CONCENTRATION >ICE COMPACTNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW COVER    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GROUND WATER >WATER TABLE    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >DISCHARGE/FLOW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >FLOODS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >LAKES    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >RIVERS/STREAMS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >RUNOFF    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENTATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION >OCEAN CURRENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >SEA STATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >SWELLS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WAVE SPECTRA    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WIND WAVES    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY >SALINITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >POLLEN    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >SEDIMENTS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >TREE RINGS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE >SEA ICE CONCENTRATION >ICE COMPACTNESS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >ICEBERGS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >LAKES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >CARBON DIOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >METHANE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN COMPOUNDS >OZONE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
BALLOONS    [Information]
GROUND STATIONS    [Information]
BUOYS    [Information]
SHIPS    [Information]
NIMBUS-7    [Information]


Instrument
CURRENT METERS    [Information]
RADIOSONDES    [Information]
RAWINSONDES    [Information]
ERBE >Earth Radiation Budget Experiment    [Information]
SPECTROMETERS    [Information]
THIR >Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer    [Information]
TOMS >Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer    [Information]


Keywords
CLIMATE CHANGE
CLIMATOLOGY
DROUGHT
FLOODS
GREENHOUSE GASES
ICEBERGS
INFOCLIMA
MODEL DATA
RADIATION
SOIL TEMPERATURE
STATISTICS
SURFACE
TREE RINGS
TURBIDITY
UPPER AIR
WEATHER
TEMS
GTOS
G3OS


Originating Center
WMO


Data Center
World Meteorological Organization, United Nations    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.wmo.ch/
Dataset ID: INFOCLIMA

Data Center Personnel
Name: VICTOR BOLDIREV
Phone: (022) 730 81 11
Phone: + 41 22 730 81 11
Fax: 41 22 734 23 26
Contact Address:
41, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta
P.O. Box 2300, CH-1211
City: Geneva
Country: Switzerland


Personnel
SCOTT A. RITZ
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 301-602-3890
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


Publications/References
INFOCLIMA Catalogue of Climate System Data Sets

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-20


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