The Climate Data Guide: Surface Flux and Meteorological Dataset: National Oceanography Centre (NOC) V2.0

Kent, Elizabeth ORCID: 2013 The Climate Data Guide: Surface Flux and Meteorological Dataset: National Oceanography Centre (NOC) V2.0. September 2013, [Output (Electronic)]

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The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Version 2.0 Surface Flux and Meteorological Dataset is a monthly mean gridded dataset of marine surface measurements and derived fluxes constructed using optimal interpolation. Input for the period 1973 to 2006 are ICOADS Release 2.4 ship data and the update from 2007 to 2011 uses ICOADS Release 2.5. The dataset is presented as a time series of monthly mean values on a 1 degree area grid. Included variables are: heat fluxes (sensible, latent, shortwave radiation, longwave radiation), air temperature, sea surface temperature, wind speed, specific humidity, pressure and cloud cover. The quality of the gridded data is quantified by estimates of random, bias and total uncertainty. The monthly means were derived from daily estimates of each variable and the standard deviation of these daily values is also available. Users are advised to take account of the uncertainty estimates provided, and to note that in very poorly sampled regions, such as the Southern Ocean, the uncertainty estimates themselves may be unreliable. Surface meteorological fields have been adjusted to account for varying measurement heights and for known biases. Surface fluxes have been calculated from daily fields of the surface meteorological parameters using bulk parameterizations.

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Programmes: NOC Programmes > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
NOC Programmes > Sustained Observing
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Meteorology and Climatology
Atmospheric Sciences
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