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NCEP/NCAR Arctic Marine Rawinsonde Archive
Entry ID: NSIDC-0054

Abstract: NCEP/NCAR Arctic Marine Rawinsonde Archive, available via ftp, contains 17,659 marine rawinsonde reports for the region north of 65 degrees North. Its record extends from 1976 to 1996. These soundings have been extracted from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) rawinsonde archive of the National Meteorological Center (NMC) (now the National Center for Environmental Prediction, or NCEP). The NCEP/NCAR Arctic Marine Rawinsonde Archive data set complements the Historical Arctic Rawinsonde Archive (HARA) for land stations and the Russian 'North Pole' drifting station archive.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: 65.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Serreze, M. and J. Kahl
Dataset Title: NCEP/NCAR Arctic Marine Rawinsonde Archive
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0054
Dataset Release Date: 1997-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1976-01-01
Stop Date: 1996-06-30
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Data Set Progress
Data Center
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Phone: 414-229-4561
Email: kahl at
Contact Address:
Department of Geosciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
City: Milwaukee
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53201
Country: USA
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Mulder, P. 1977. Record format for the NCAR archive of NMC upper air data. NOAA Office Note (updated by G. Walters, 1992.), 29. Kahl, J. D., M. C. Serreze, S. Shiotani, S. M. Skony, and R. C. Schnell. 1992. In-situ meteorological sounding archives for Arctic studies. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 73(11): 1824-30. Serreze, M. C., J. D. Kahl, and S. Shiotani. 1992. The historical arctic rawinsonde archive documentation manual. Special Report-2. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Serreze, M. C., M. C. Rehder, R. G. Barry, J. D. Kahl, and N. A. Zaitseva. 1995. The distribution and transport of atmospheric water vapour over the Arctic Basin. International Journal of Climatology, 15: 709-27.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1997-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18