Ocean Station Vessel

Metadata Updated: February 7, 2018

Ocean Station Vessels (OSV) or Weather Ships captured atmospheric conditions while being stationed continuously in a single location. While While most of the collection Navy vessels would go to a specified coordinate, stay for variable lengths of time, and record weather and meteorological observations. The collection begins in 1940, at the onset of WWII, when meteorological observations in the Atlantic Ocean were critical for military strategy in the Eastern theatre. While the vast majority of the collection derives from United States Navy and Coast Guard vessels, Ocean Station Vessels were considered an international cooperation, and there are a few non-United States ships included as well. Beginning in the 1960s, satellites and buoys capturing climatological data began to replace Ocean Station Vessels, almost completely phasing out the use of these ships by the mid-1970s. The collection includes a significant quantity of upper air observations on microfilm as well as paper transmittances describing instrument statistics, abnormalities, and basic reporting.

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Metadata Date April 24, 2017
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) []
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Atlantic Ocean Station Vessels

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date April 24, 2017
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) []
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Cite this dataset when used as a source., NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NCEI makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. 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.
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 77.0
Bbox South Lat 25.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Graphic Preview Description Atlantic Ocean Station Vessels
Graphic Preview File https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C01207.jpg
Graphic Preview Type JPEG
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C01207
Harvest Object Id 1cbda6d4-4e74-48b1-b90d-2cdb8dac8636
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
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Metadata Type geospatial
Progress historicalArchive
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Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1940-01-01
Temporal Extent End 1980-05-10

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