Surface Meteorology Data Center, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University
Data Center Description
Observations of surface meteorological conditions during COARE are important and useful for defining the role of the ocean-atmosphere heat and momentum exchange in the warm pool region of the western tropical Pacific ocean. These types of observations are of relevance to various science investigations. For example, the winds are critical components for studies on ocean mixing, large-scale ocean circulation, waves, and air-sea fluxes. Similar levels of importance can be made for most of the other meteorological variables such as temperatures (both air and sea surface), humidity, barometric pressure, and perhaps other data such as precipitation or other auxiliary observations (cloud cover, recorded weather, etc.) if available. These data were observed/recorded from a number of instruments and platforms with varying degrees of accuracy and frequency during COARE.