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International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) Release 3, Monthly Summaries

| DOI: 10.5065/D6V40SFD

The International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) is a global ocean marine meteorological and surface ocean dataset. It is formed by merging many national and international data sources that contain measurements and visual observations from ships (merchant, navy, research), moored and drifting buoys, coastal stations, and other marine platforms. The coverage is global and sampling density varies depending on date and geographic position relative to shipping routes and ocean observing systems. The monthly summary time series are available at 2-degree (since 1800) and 1-degree (since 1960) spatial resolutions. Observations (22 observed and computed parameters) taken in each month for a give spatial latitude by longitude box are statistically summarized (e.g. mean, median, number of observations, etc) and NOT interpolated or analyzed to fill data voids.

Temporal Range:
1800-01-01 to 2023-09-30 (Entire dataset) Period details by dataset product
Air Temperature Cloud Frequency Heat Flux Humidity
Sea Level Pressure Sea Surface Temperature Surface Winds Wind Stress
Data Types:
Platform Observation
Data Contributors:
Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Washington
Met Office, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom
Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado
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Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Meteorological Service), Germany
National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University
Physical Sciences Laboratory, Earth System Research Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Freeman, E., Woodruff, S. D., Worley, S. J., Lubker, S. J., Kent, E. C., Angel, W. E., Berry, D. I., Brohan, P., Eastman, R., Gates, L., Gloeden, W., Ji, Z., Lawrimore, J., Rayner, N. A., Rosenhagen, G. and Smith, S. R., 2017: ICOADS Release 3.0: a major update to the historical marine climate record Int. J. Climatol., 37, 2211-2232 (DOI: 10.1002/joc.4775).

Total Volume:
10.11 GB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
Binary (see dataset documentation)
Related RDA Datasets:
International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) Release 3, Individual Observations
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Data License:
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