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

Metadata Updated: September 19, 2023

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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License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Dates

Metadata Date June 23, 2023
Metadata Created Date February 3, 2023
Metadata Updated Date September 19, 2023
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

Metadata Source

Harvested from ncdc

Graphic Preview

IBTrACS storm tracks for seasons 1947 through 2007.

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date June 23, 2023
Metadata Created Date February 3, 2023
Metadata Updated Date September 19, 2023
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
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C00834
Category Tag 16E15F51 D96E 4051 9124 75665Abdc6Ff ["Transportation","Physical Data","Coastal Flooding"]
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://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C00834_IBTRACS-v3-browse-image.png
Graphic Preview Type PNG
Harvest Object Id 0c7e5723-0a79-4deb-832b-ae466b29fa7b
Harvest Source Id 2cb3ef77-1683-4c2a-9119-dc65e50917c6
Harvest Source Title ncdc
Licence
Lineage Data were obtained from numerous sources. Upon receipt of the electronic files, data were converted to common format (netCDF). Thereafter, numerous merging procedures were implemented, including an assessment of storm position, the identification of unique storms, and an accounting for a variety of storm tracks, storm splits, and storm mergers. An automated algorithm was developed to identify storms tracked by multiple centers by sorting storms in time and space. Any observations at identical times and within 111 kilometers, were identified as identical storms. Once a TC was identified as unique, a storm serial number was created which distinctively numbers the storm. IBTrACS algorithms read all the individual storm tracks from the merged files and create one combined storm track with a single position, wind and pressure every 6 hours (at 00, 06, 12 and 18UTC). Objective automated quality control algorithms were developed and incorporated for the maximum sustained wind and minimum central pressure for each tropical cyclone and time step. These data are in netCDF, with one file per cyclone. Statistics from the merge are also provided (such as number of centers tracking the storm, range in pressure, median wind speed, etc.).
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[-180.0, -80.0], [180.0, -80.0], [180.0, 80.0], [-180.0, 80.0], [-180.0, -80.0]]]}
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1848-01-01

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