Search Help
Hellerman and Rosenstein Global Wind Stress Data

Abstract: This data set contains monthly averaged wind stress over the global ocean for the years 1870 through 1976. The data are given on a 2 deg latitude x 2 deg longitude grid. Monthly data for each month of the averaged years of the period include zonal and meridional Wind_U Stress and Wind_V Stress. The unit of measurement for the wind stress variables is dynes/cm**2. Over 35 million surface observations covering the world ocean from 1870-1976 have been processed for the purpose of calculating monthly normals and standard errors of the eastward and northward components of the wind stress and work done by the winds in the lower 10 m of the atmosphere. The fields are intended to serve as boundary conditions for models of ocean circulation.
Related URL
Description: Hellerman and Rosenstein monthly average wind stress at NCAR.
View entire list
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Hellerman, S. and M. Rosenstein
Dataset Title: Normal monthly wind stress over the world ocean with error estimates
Dataset Series Name: Journal of Physical Oceanography 13: 1093-1104.
Dataset Release Date: 1983-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
Version: Not provided
Issue Identification: Vol. 13
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1870-01-01
Stop Date: 1976-12-31
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: monthly
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Physical Oceanography Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (858) 534-6273
Email: dnewton at
Contact Address:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, MLRG
0230, 228 Nierenberg
9500 Gilman Drive
City: La Jolla
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 92093-0230
Country: USA
View entire list
Distribution Media: online ftp, www
Distribution Size: 3.0 MB
Distribution Format: ascii
Fees: none (except NCAR)
Contact Address:
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA
View entire list
Extended Metadata Properties
(Click to view more)

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1970-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-01-11