Search Help
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)
Historical Arctic Rawinsonde Archive
Entry ID: NSIDC-0008


Summary
Abstract:

Note: This data set is now on FTP so references to CD-ROM are historic and no longer applicable.

The Historical Arctic Rawinsonde Archive is on FTP, and it contains millions of vertical soundings of temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind, representing all available rawinsonde ascents from Arctic land stations poleward of 65 degrees North. HARA includes soundings from the beginning of record through mid-1996. Most stations began recording soundings in the late 1950s, but a few began in 1947 or 1948. Coverage is relatively uniform, except for the interior of Greenland. Typically, 20 to 40 levels are available in each sounding. HARA documentation is provided in the FTP directory and in hard copy (NSIDC Special Report 2, 1992). The FTP directory contain software (Fortran and C) for retrieval of sounding data subsets. The original soundings were obtained from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of NOAA in Asheville, North Carolina.


Related URL
Link: View Related Information
Description: Documentation


Link: View Related Information
Description: FTP

Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: 65.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Creator: Jonathan Kahl and Mark Serreze
Dataset Title: Historical Arctic Rawinsonde Archive
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0008
Dataset Release Date: 2003-06-05
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/NSIDC-0008


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1947-11-10
Stop Date: 1996-06-30


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR > NORTH POLAR


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >GEOPOTENTIAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR INDICATORS >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR INDICATORS >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]


Platform
BALLOONS    [Information]
GROUND STATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
RAWINSONDES    [Information]


Project
EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Keywords
Alaska
Arctic
Atmospheric Soundings
Canada
Dewpoint Depression
EOSDIS
Finland
Greenland
Norway
Polar
Radiosondes
Rawinsondes
Russia
Sweden
US
Wind Direction
Wind Speed


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the National Snow and Ice Data Center    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/



Distribution
Distribution_Media: CD-ROM


Publications/References
Kahl, J.D., M.C. Serreze, S. Shiotani, S.M. Skony, and R.C. Schnell, In situ meteorological sounding archives for arctic studies, Bul. Amer. Met. Soc., 73(11), 1824-1830, 1992. Serreze, M.C., J.D. Kahl and S. Shiotani, The Historical Arctic Rawisonde Archive Documentation Manual, NSIDC SP-2, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, 26 p., 1992.
Extended Metadata Properties
(Click to view more)

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-06-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-03-22



-->