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Metadata from WMO Publication No. 47 and an Assessment of Voluntary Observing Ship Observation Heights in ICOADS

Kent, Elizabeth C.; Woodruff, Scott D.; Berry, David I.. 2007 Metadata from WMO Publication No. 47 and an Assessment of Voluntary Observing Ship Observation Heights in ICOADS. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 24 (2). 214-234. 10.1175/JTECH1949.1

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Abstract/Summary

It is increasingly recognized that metadata can significantly improve the quality of scientific analyses and that the availability of metadata is particularly important for the study of climate variability. The International Comprehensive Ocean–Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) contains in situ observations frequently used in climate studies, and this paper describes the ship metadata that are available to complement ICOADS. This paper highlights the metadata available in World Meteorological Organization Publication No. 47 that include information on measurement methods and observation heights. Changing measurement methods and heights are known to be a cause of spurious change in the climate record. Here the authors focus on identifying measurement heights for air temperature and wind speed and also give information on SST measurement depths.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1175/JTECH1949.1
ISSN: 0739-0572
Date made live: 12 Feb 2007 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/144074

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