Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological Experiment

Project Description
With the cooperation of the Government of Barbados and with the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as lead agency, the
Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological Experiment (BOMEX) was
conducted over the tropical Atlantic East of Barbados in the summer of
1969. The field operations for this multiagency national study of the
ocean-atmosphere system were divided into four observation periods:
May 3 to 15, May 24 to June 10, June 19 to July 2, and July 11 to july
28. The first three were devoted to the Sea Air Interaction
Program--the BOMEX 'Core Experiment'--within a 500-km by 500-km square
ship array. During the fourth period, the array was extended southward
to incorporate the Intertropical Convergence Zone.

Following the field operations, the Barbados Oceanographic and
Meteorological Analysis Project (BOMAP) Office was established to
reduce and process the data that had been collected by ship, aircraft,
and land-based acquisition system under the operational control of the
BOMEX Temporary Archive at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in
Asheville, N.C., in 1971.

On July 1,1971, the BOMEX office became the Center for Experiment
Design and Data Analysis (CEDDA) and was subsequently transferred from
NOAA's Environmental Research Laboratories to its Environmental Data
Service. One of the tasks assigned to CEDDA--in addition to its
participation in other field experiments, was to reprocess the BOMEX
data. Final validation of the data was undertaken through detailed
analysis and application of necessary corrections, a task that was
completed in the fall of 1974, when the BOMEX Permanent Archive was
established at NCDC.

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