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Global Oceanographic Data Set Atlas


This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


Samuels and Cox (GFDL) took 15 commonly used data sets for ocean models and put them on a uniform 1 by 1 degree grid. Original data sources include Levitus, Hellerman, Esbensen and Kushnir to name just a few.

Temporal Range:
1854 to 1979
Air Temperature Precipitation Amount Runoff Salinity
Sea Surface Temperature Surface Winds Water Temperature
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, U.S. Department of Commerce
Total Volume:
39.03 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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