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Labitzke Berlin Stratospheric Data: Quasi-Biennial Oscillation Data

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Abstract: Almost 50 years ago, the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) of the winds
in the equatorial stratosphere was detected due to the establishment
of a global, regularly measuring radiosonde network.

As part of the compilation of our daily stratospheric charts we have
tabulated the daily wind observations of selected stations near the
equator since 1957. For the earlier years, the values were extracted
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Description: Access to Berlin stratospheric data
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -3.0   S: -3.0   E: -172.0   W: -172.0
Min Altitude: 100 HPA Max Altitude: 10 HPA
  N: -1.0   S: -1.0   E: 73.0   W: 73.0
Min Altitude: 100 HPA Max Altitude: 10 HPA
  N: 1.0   S: 1.0   E: 104.0   W: 104.0
Min Altitude: 100 HPA Max Altitude: 10 HPA

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: K. Labitzke and collaborators
Dataset Title: Quasi-Biennial Oscillation Data
Dataset Series Name: Berlin Stratospheric Data Series
Dataset Release Date: 2002
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1953-01-01
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: monthly mean, daily, climatological
RADIOSONDES Ancillary Description
Use Constraints Users must acknowledge:
K. Labitzke and Collaborators, 2002: The Berlin Stratospheric Data
Series, CD from Meteorological Institute, Free University Berlin.
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (303)-497-1217
Fax: (303)-497-1291
Email: spangler at
Contact Address:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80307
Country: U.S.A.
Distribution Media: online, CD, WWW
Distribution Format: ASCII text
Fees: none
Fax: +49-30-838 71 166
Email: labitzke at
Contact Address:
Freie Universitat Berlin
Institut fur Meteorologie
Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
City: Berlin
Postal Code: 12165
Country: Germany
Baldwin, M.P., L.J. Gray, T.J. Dunkerton, K. Hamilton, P.H. Haynes,
W.J. Randel, J.R. Holton, M.J. Alexander, I. Hirota, T. Horinouchi,
D.B.A. Jones, J.S. Kinnersley, C. Marquardt, K. Sato, and
M. Takahashi, 2001: The Quasi-Biennial Oscillation. Reviews of
Geophys., 39, 179-229.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23