Atmospheric and oceanographic data are generally archived at data archiving and distribution centers. Addresses, both conventional and electronic, of several major data centers are provided. A discussion of the Internet includes how to find datasets using the World Wide Web. Finally, a list of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms is provided to familiarize newcomers with atmosphere/ocean jargon.
This work was partially funded by the grant entitled ``Collaboration
between Statistical and Atmospheric Sciences on Modeling the Climate
System'' [NSF: DSM-9312686] and the Geosystems Database Program
within NCAR. The following reviewed or contributed in some way toward
this NCAR Instructional Aid: Lawrence Buja, Joey Comeaux, Jim Hurrell,
Roy Jenne, Dennis Joseph, Lee Melvin, Chi-Fan Shih, Wilbur Spangler,
Ronna Terrell-Bailey, Gregg Walters, David Williamson , Rob Quayle
(NCDC) and Bob Zamora (NOAA).
Roland Madden and Robert Dattore reviewed the manuscript.
Special thanks to Kevin Trenberth for reading
the text and suggesting various figures.
Jim Petruzzelli (SCD) of
NCAR's Digital Information Group and Elizabeth
did an excellent job of placing the original version of TN-404 into HTML.
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Second Printing: October 1994
This TN has been very popular. This version is the second printing.
Only minor changes have been made to the original text. These include:
typos, the addition of a new dataset, a clarification on how ``raobs''
are tracked, a few new references, new and updated addresses in Appendix A and, finally, some new acronyms.
Third Printing: December 1994
Changes/additions made include: a few paragraphs have been reworded; a description of the new World Ocean Atlas has been added to the Oceanographic Data chapter; an update on the reanalysis projects; the time spans for several data sets have been updated; a few new references; and, finally (as always!) more acronyms.
Fourth Printing: October 1995
More datasets, acronyms, updated information on the NCEP (formerly, NMC) reanalysis effort, additional paragraphs and a number of new/revised Internet addresses have been included.
World Wide Web version: August 1996
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An Introduction to Atmospheric and Oceanographic Datasets