• National Data Buoy Center

    Updated: Sep 10, 2014

    National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) is a part of the National Weather Service (NWS). NDBC designs, develops, operates, and maintains a network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations. NDBC's virtual tour will give you an overview of what NDBC does, the facilities, the atmospheric and oceanographic variables measured, and the use of these data. NWS forecasters need frequent, high-quality marine observations to examine conditions for forecast preparation and to verify their forecasts after they are produced. Other users rely on the observations and forecasts for commercial and recreational activities. NDBC provides regular observations from a network of about 110 buoys and 60 Coastal Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) stations, and 55 Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) stations, to help meet these needs. All stations measure wind speed, direction, and gust; barometric pressure; and air temperature. In addition, all buoy stations, and some C-MAN stations, measure sea surface temperature and wave height and period. Conductivity and water current are measured at selected stations. NDBC also operates an array of 39 DART (Tsunami) stations. In addition NDBC provides information from Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) partner stations, oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and National Ocean Service (NOS) stations.

    Data and Resources

    About this Dataset

    Resource Type Dataset
    Metadata Date 2011
    Metadata Created Date May 18, 2013
    Metadata Updated Date Sep 10, 2014
    Reference Date(s) 1970-Present
    Responsible Party Unknown
    Contact Email
    Access Level public
    Data Dictionary http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/measdes.shtml
    Data Quality TRUE
    Frequency Of Update Hourly, Daily, Monthly, Annual
    Issued 1996
    Metadata Source dms
    References [u'http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/faq.shtml']
    Spatial Text North Bounding Coordinate: 70South Bounding Coordinate: -50West Bounding Coordinate: -180East Bounding Coordinate: 180
    Theme [u'Section 6. Geography and Environment']

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