NCDC International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) Project, Version 3

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

The International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) dataset was developed by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, which took the initial step of synthesizing and merging best track data from all official Tropical Cyclone Warning Centers (TCWCs) and the WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers (RSMCs) who are responsible for developing and archiving best track data worldwide. In recognizing the deficiency in global tropical cyclone data, and the lack of a publically available dataset, the IBTrACS dataset was produced, which, for the first time, combines existing best track data from over 10 international forecast centers. The dataset contains the position, maximum sustained winds, minimum central pressure, and storm nature for every tropical cyclone globally at 6-hr intervals in UTC. Statistics from the merge are also provided (such as number of centers tracking the storm, range in pressure, median wind speed, etc.). The dataset period is from 1848 to the present with dataset updates performed annually in August. The dataset is archived as netCDF files but can be accessed via a variety of user-friendly formats to facilitate data analysis, including netCDF, Shapefile, and CSV formatted files. The update to version 3 data includes new data sources, bug fixes, shapefile-support, discontinued support of ASCII and new variables.

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Dates

Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) September 1, 2010 (publication), September 17, 2010 (revision), July 19, 2011 (revision), October 1, 2012 (revision), October 31, 2013 (revision), September 2, 2014 (revision)
Frequency Of Update annually

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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IBTrACS storm tracks for seasons 1947 through 2007.

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) September 1, 2010 (publication), September 17, 2010 (revision), July 19, 2011 (revision), October 1, 2012 (revision), October 31, 2013 (revision), September 2, 2014 (revision)
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Cite as: Kenneth R. Knapp, Scott Applequist, Howard J. Diamond, James P. Kossin, Michael Kruk, and Carl Schreck (2010). NCDC International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) Project, Version 3. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. DOI:10.7289/V5NK3BZP [access date]., Publications using IBTrACS should also cite the following journal article: Knapp, K. R., M. C. Kruk, D. H. Levinson, H. J. Diamond, and C. J. Neumann, 2010: The International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS): Unifying tropical cyclone best track data. Bulletin of the American Meteor. Society, 91, 363-376. doi:10.1175/2009BAMS2755.1, Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 80.0
Bbox South Lat -80.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update annually
Graphic Preview Description IBTrACS storm tracks for seasons 1947 through 2007.
Graphic Preview File https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C00834_IBTRACS-v3-browse-image.png
Graphic Preview Type PNG
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C00834
Harvest Object Id 9dd2cec7-b659-4a7b-9721-1cf3d2beb664
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1848-01-01

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