Ocean Station Vessel

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

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 November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) []
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Atlantic Ocean Station Vessels

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) []
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:C01207
Access Constraints Cite this dataset when used as a source., 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 77.0
Bbox South Lat 25.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
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
Harvest Object Id 14f8a25f-38a2-4da2-a35d-769588432790
Harvest Source Id 2cb3ef77-1683-4c2a-9119-dc65e50917c6
Harvest Source Title ncdc
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress historicalArchive
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1940-01-01
Temporal Extent End 1980-05-10

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