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Arctic Water Vapor Characteristics from Rawinsondes, Version 1
Entry ID: NSIDC-0033_1


Summary
Abstract: A gridded climatological monthly-mean data base of Arctic water vapor characteristics has been assembled by combining fixed station data
with data from soundings taken over the Arctic Ocean from ships and
Russian drifting stations. Variables provided include temperature,
specific humidity, zonal vapor flux, meridional vapor flux, zonal wind
speed, and meridional wind speed, available for 15 levels extending
from the surface and then at every 50 mb from 950 mb to 300 mb; sea
level pressure and geopotential height, available at 850 mb, 700 mb,
500 mb and 300 mb; and precipitable water, vertically integrated zonal
vapor flux and vertically integrated meridional vapor flux, available
for five layers, surface to 850 mb, 850 to 700 mb, 700 to 500 mb, 500
to 400 mb and 400 to 300 mb. Coverage of the rawinsonde archives
extends from 1945 through 1990 for data from the Russian North Pole
series of drifting ice stations over the Arctic Ocean; from 1976
through 1991 for fixed-station data obtained from the National Center
for Atmospheric Research; and from about 1958 through 1991 for
fixed-station data obtained from the Historical Arctic Rawinsonde
Archive.
All variables were obtained through interpolation of the raw sounding
data, with the exception of sea level pressure and geopotential
height. The file, available via ftp, is structured in monthly data
arrays over a subsection of the National Meteorological Center grid
(octagonal grid format) centered over the pole, extending to
approximately 65 degrees North on each side and about 55 degrees North
at the corners.


Purpose: Scientific Research

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: 65.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Arctic Water Vapor Characteristics from Rawinsondes, Version 1
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1954-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN > Baffin Bay
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > North Atlantic Ocean
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN > BEAUFORT SEA
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN > BERING SEA
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN > CHUKCHI SEA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CANADA > HUDSON BAY
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > Greenland Sea
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >GEOPOTENTIAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SEA LEVEL PRESSURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
BALLOONS    [Information]
GROUND STATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
RAWINSONDES    [Information]


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel
Name: NOT PROVIDED

National Snow and Ice Data Center    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel
Name: NOT PROVIDED


Personnel
NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER
Role: DATA CENTER CONTACT
City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Country: USA


MARK C. SERREZE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492 6199
Fax: 1 303 492 2468
Email: serreze at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449


JONATHAN D. W. KAHL
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 414 229 4561
Email: kahl at csd.uwm.edu
Contact Address:
Department of Geosciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
City: Milwaukee
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53201


R. G. BARRY
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact Address:
449 UCB
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA


NSIDC USER SERVICES
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492 6199
Fax: 1 303 492 2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA


SERREZE, M., R. BARRY, AND J. KAHL
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT


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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-09-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-16



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