World Ocean Database 2013 (NCEI Accession 0117075)

Metadata Updated: April 24, 2017

The World Ocean Database (WOD) is the World’s largest publicly available uniform format quality controlled ocean profile dataset. Ocean profile data are sets of measurements of an ocean variable at a single geographic location within a short (minutes to hours) temporal period in some portion of the water column from the surface to the bottom. To be considered a profile for the WOD, there must be more than a single depth/variable pair. Multiple profiles at the same location from the same set of instruments is an oceanographic cast. There are more than 13 million oceanographic casts in the WOD 2013 (WOD13) initial release, from the second voyage of Captain Cook (1772) to the modern Argo floats (end of 2012). Ocean variables in the WOD13 include temperature, salinity, oxygen, nutrients, tracers, and biological variables such as plankton and chlorophyll. Quality control procedures are documented and performed on each cast, the results included as flags on each measurement. The WOD13 presents data in Climate-Forecast netCDF ragged array format for ease of use mindful of space limitations. The WOD13 contains the data on the originally measured depth levels (observed) and interpolated to standard depth levels to present a more uniform iso-surface for oceanographic and climate work.

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Metadata Date September 15, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date April 24, 2017
Reference Date(s) July 21, 2016 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 15, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date April 24, 2017
Reference Date(s) July 21, 2016 (publication)
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 as: Boyer, Tim P.; Antonov, John I.; Baranova Olga K.; Coleman, C.; Garcia, Hernan E.; Grodsky, A.; Johnson, Daphne R.; Locarnini, Ricardo A.; Mishonov, Alexey. V.; O'Brien, Todd O.; Paver, Christopher R.; Reagan, James R.; Seidov, Dan; Smolyar, Igor V.; Zweng, Melissa M. (2016). World Ocean Database 2013 (NCEI Accession 0117075). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V54Q7S16 [access date], 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.
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Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Temporal Extent Begin 1772-12-15
Temporal Extent End 2013-01-10

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