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Temperature profile and other historical data digitized for the World Data Center (WDC) Global Ocean Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR) project since 1993

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This collection includes historical oceanographic biological, biochemical, chemical, physical, meteorological, and other data. The data includes barometric pressure, cloud amount and frequency, current, wave, conductivity, nutrients, pH, salinity, temperature, turbidity, transmissivity, biomass measurements, nutrients, fluorescence, species and subspecies identification, phaeophytin, zooplankton, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, silicate, alkalinity, and other measurements. These data were collected by bottle, net, CTD, XBT, MBT, BT, and other instruments from drifting buoy, ships, and other platforms in oceans and seas around the world.
  • Cite as: World Data Center-A, Oceanography (2003). Temperature profile and other historical data digitized for the World Data Center (WDC) Global Ocean Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR) project since 1993. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/WDC-GODAR. Accessed [date].
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Distribution Formats
  • C100
    • File Specification: NODC Ocean Station Data Format
  • CSV
  • F022
    • File Specification: High-Resolution CTD/STD Output Format (F022)
  • ICES
    • File Specification: International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Oceanographic format
  • SD2
    • File Specification: NODC Standard Station Data II (SD2) Output Format
  • UBT
    • File Specification: Universal Bathythermograph Output Format (UBT)
  • Originator data format
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Distributor NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
NCEI.Info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
ncei.info@noaa.gov
Time Period 1772-12-15 to 2018-11-12
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2003-12-24
  • revision: 2020-12-30
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
In December 1992, the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)/World Data Center (WDC) for Oceanography in Silver Spring, Maryland, presented a proposal for the Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR) Project at the 14th Session of the Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) where it was approved. The proposal was subsequently endorsed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) -- the parent body of the IODE -- at the 17th IOC Assembly held in March 1993. At that time, it was further agreed that the WDC for Oceanography in Silver Spring, Maryland, would lead this project. The goal of GODAR was to increase the volume of historical oceanographic data available to climate change research and other researchers by locating ocean profile and plankton data sets not yet in digital form, digitizing these data, and ensuring their submission to national data centers and the World Data Center System. In addition, data on electronic media that are at risk of loss due to media degradation are also candidates for rescue.

Six regional GODAR meetings have been held since 1993 to bring together scientists and data managers to focus on oceanographic data resources in various areas of the world. In 1999, an "International GODAR Review Meeting" was held in Silver Spring to review project results and plan future work. More than 75 data managers and scientists from around the world attended this meeting, which concluded that the GODAR project should be continued and extended to include additional variables such as sea level and ocean bathymetry. Part of the sea level work was performed by Mr. Pat Caldwell, the NODC Liaison Officer at the University of Hawaii.

All profile and plankton data acquired as part of the GODAR project were included in World Ocean Database. A comparison of the number of stations by instrument type with previous NODC/WDC global ocean databases is also available.

The GODAR Project continues to locate and rescue historical oceanographic profile and plankton data that are at risk of being lost due to media decay and/or neglect. An international review meeting for the GODAR project was held during July, 1999 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Note: Metadata for these accessions were extracted from a legacy database maintained by the U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). The design of the database did not exactly reflect the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM).

Principal Investigator (PI) and organization contact information accurately represents all available information from the legacy database at the time that this description was created. However, proper attribution of a PI to a specific institution or the role (submitting or collecting) taken by an institution may not be correct due to inexact mapping between fields in the legacy database and the CSDGM. Due to this uncertainty, the contact information was initially recorded in the Supplemental Information element of the CSDGM description.

To develop more accurate metadata, NCEI reviews metadata for all datasets on an ongoing basis.
Purpose To increase the volume of historical oceanographic data available to climate change and other researchers by locating ocean profile and plankton data sets not yet in digital form, digitizing these data, and ensuring their submission to national data centers and the World Data Center System.
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: World Data Center-A, Oceanography (2003). Temperature profile and other historical data digitized for the World Data Center (WDC) Global Ocean Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR) project since 1993. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/WDC-GODAR. Accessed [date].
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Acknowledgments
  • UNESCO; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE)
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
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 ICES/SeaDataNet Ship Codes
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
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER