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Meteorological and oceanographic data collected from the National Data Buoy Center Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) and moored (weather) buoys during August 2017 (NCEI Accession 0166554)

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The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) established the Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) for the National Weather Service in the early 1980's. NDBC has installed approximately 50 C-MAN stations on lighthouses, at capes and beaches, on near shore islands, and on offshore platforms. NDBC has deployed over 100 moored (a.k.a., weather) buoys in coastal and offshore waters from the western Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii, and from the Bering Sea to the South Pacific. C-MAN and moored buoy data typically include barometric pressure, wind direction, speed and gust, and air temperature; however, some C-MAN stations are equipped to also measure seawater temperature, water level, waves, and relative humidity. Moored buoys measure wave energy spectra from which NDBC derives significant wave height, dominant wave period, and average wave period. In addition, many moored buoys measure the direction of wave propagation.

In collaboration, NDBC and the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) are archiving these data from C-MAN and moored buoys. This NCEI Accession is part of the collaboration and it contains netCDF (version 4) files with the data collected during August 2017.
  • Cite as: NOAA National Data Buoy Center (2017). Meteorological and oceanographic data collected from the National Data Buoy Center Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) and moored (weather) buoys during August 2017 (NCEI Accession 0166554). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0166554. Accessed [date].
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  • netCDF (Version: netCDF-4 Classic)
    • File Specification: NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Convention
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Distributor NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
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Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
ncei.info@noaa.gov
Time Period 2017-08-01 to 2017-08-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 61.082
S: 14.329
E: -46.082
W: 179.012
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Meteorological and oceanographic data collected from the National Data Buoy Center Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) and moored (weather) buoys
    • NCEI Collection
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  • Handbook of Automated Data Quality Control Checks and Procedures
  • Deep-water Field evaluation of the NDBC-SWADE 3-m discus directional buoy
  • An Accuracy Statement for Meteorological Measurements Obtained from NDBC Moored Buoys
  • A field evaluation of NDBC Moored Buoy Winds
    • A field evaluation of NDBC Moored Buoy Winds
      Gilhousen, D.B., "A field evaluation of NDBC Moored Buoy Winds". Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, vol.4 (1987): 94-104. https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0426(1987)004%3C0094:AFEONM%3E2.0.CO;2
  • Field evaluation of NDBC directional wave data
  • Are Moored Buoy Winds Too Low in High Seas?
  • Theory and Application of Calibration Techniques for an NDBC DirectionalWave Measurements Buoy
  • A study of the differences between environmental reports by ships in the voluntary observing program and measurements from NOAA buoys
  • Parent ID (indicates this dataset is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.nodc:NDBC-CMANWx
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2017-09-15
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
The US National Oceanographic Data Center maintains a website that allows NDBC buoy data to be searched and downloaded by area, date, and buoy. The website is available at http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/BUOY/.

Documents about NDBC's processing of C-MAN and moored buoy data and other related information are in NODC accession 0070493 (see http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0070493).
Purpose The purpose of collecting this data set is to respond to the need for recorded continuous meteorological and oceanographic observations in the US coastal areas.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: NOAA National Data Buoy Center (2017). Meteorological and oceanographic data collected from the National Data Buoy Center Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) and moored (weather) buoys during August 2017 (NCEI Accession 0166554). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0166554. Accessed [date].
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
  • weatherObservations
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Convention Standard Name Table
  • air_pressure
  • air_pressure_at_sea_level
  • air_temperature
  • depth
  • dew_point_temperature
  • direction_of_sea_water_velocity
  • first_normalized_polar_coordinate_of_the_Fourier_coefficients
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • principal_wave_direction_at_specified_frequency
  • relative_humidity
  • sea_surface_temperature
  • sea_surface_wave_frequency
  • sea_surface_wave_from_direction
  • sea_surface_wave_mean_period_from_variance_spectral_density_second_frequency_moment
  • sea_surface_wave_period_at_variance_spectral_density_maximum
  • sea_surface_wave_significant_height
  • sea_surface_wave_variance_spectral_density
  • sea_water_speed
  • time
  • wind_from_direction
  • wind_speed
  • wind_speed_of_gust
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords NDBC C-MAN Station/Buoy Identifiers
  • 41001
  • 41002
  • 41004
  • 41008
  • 41009
  • 41010
  • 41013
  • 41025
  • 41040
  • 41041
  • 41043
  • 41044
  • 41046
  • 41047
  • 41048
  • 41049
  • 42001
  • 42002
  • 42012
  • 42019
  • 42020
  • 42035
  • 42036
  • 42039
  • 42040
  • 42055
  • 42056
  • 42057
  • 42058
  • 42059
  • 42060
  • 44005
  • 44007
  • 44008
  • 44009
  • 44011
  • 44013
  • 44014
  • 44017
  • 44020
  • 44025
  • 44027
  • 44065
  • 44066
  • 45001
  • 45002
  • 45003
  • 45004
  • 45005
  • 45006
  • 45007
  • 45008
  • 45012
  • 46001
  • 46002
  • 46005
  • 46006
  • 46011
  • 46012
  • 46013
  • 46014
  • 46015
  • 46022
  • 46025
  • 46026
  • 46027
  • 46028
  • 46029
  • 46035
  • 46041
  • 46042
  • 46047
  • 46050
  • 46053
  • 46054
  • 46059
  • 46060
  • 46061
  • 46066
  • 46069
  • 46071
  • 46075
  • 46076
  • 46077
  • 46078
  • 46080
  • 46081
  • 46083
  • 46085
  • 46086
  • 46087
  • 46088
  • 46089
  • 51000
  • 51001
  • 51002
  • 51003
  • 51004
  • 51101
  • AMAA2
  • AUGA2
  • BLIA2
  • BURL1
  • BUZM3
  • CDRF1
  • CLKN7
  • DBLN6
  • DESW1
  • DISW3
  • DPIA1
  • DRFA2
  • FBIS1
  • FFIA2
  • FILA2
  • FWYF1
  • IOSN3
  • KTNF1
  • MDRM1
  • MISM1
  • MLRF1
  • MRKA2
  • NWPO3
  • PILA2
  • PILM4
  • PLSF1
  • POTA2
  • PTAT2
  • PTGC1
  • ROAM4
  • SANF1
  • SAUF1
  • SBIO1
  • SGNW3
  • SGOF1
  • SISW1
  • SPGF1
  • SRST2
  • STDM4
  • TPLM2
  • TTIW1
  • VENF1
  • WPOW1
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: NOAA National Data Buoy Center (2017). Meteorological and oceanographic data collected from the National Data Buoy Center Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) and moored (weather) buoys during August 2017 (NCEI Accession 0166554). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0166554. Accessed [date].
Access Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
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Processing Steps
  • 2017-09-15T05:34:27Z - NCEI Accession 0166554 v1.1 was published.
Output Datasets
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • ADCP
  • anemometer
  • barometers
  • buoy - moored buoy
  • current meter
  • GPS
  • inclinometer
  • meteorological sensors
  • pyranometer
  • thermistor
Platform
  • FIXED PLATFORM
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