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WOCE-CLIVAR Subsurface Float Data Assembly Center

Principal Investigators: Philip L. Richardson and Christine M. Wooding

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Final Summary Report CICOR Cooperative Agreement 1998-2002

Philip L. Richardson
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole MA 02543

Christine M. Wooding
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole MA 02543

Program Manager: Michael Johnson, OGP.

The Sub-Surface Float DAC's contribution to the final DVD of WOCE data (WOCE, 2002) consists of over 2500 floats in 80 experiments. For each experiment, there is background information, aplot, alist ofreferences, afloat-by-float description (parameters, geographic and time limits, etc.), and zipped files of all the floats in ASCII and in the standardized WOCE NetCDF format. There is also a searchable inventory. The inventory and the final versions of the NetCDF files were produced by L. Charles Sun, Chief Scientist and Deputy Chief at the NODC Coastal Ocean Laboratory.

The final influx of data (thanks to the efforts of WOCE participants on several continents) resulted in Version 3. 0 including at least 30 more experiments than Version 2.0.

The webpage ( will be updated after the final WOCE conference (November 18-22, 2002), when the data is no longer proprietary.

Meetings attended:
WOCE Data Products Committee: Jan 21-25,1997 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.

WOCE Data Products Committee : Jan 4-9,1998 at University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI.

WOCE Conference: May 24-29, Halifax, N.S. Presented a poster on WOCE Subsurface Float Archive

WOCE Data Products Committee: April 12-16,1999 at Bidston Observatory in Birkenhead, England

WOCE Data Products Committee: April 5-7, 2000 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

National Oceanographic Data Center, 1995. Ocean Current Drifter Data (Subsurface Float Data). CD-ROM NODC-53.

WOCE Data Products Committee, 1998. WOCE Global Data, Version 1.0. CD-ROM; Subsurface Floats. WOCE International Project Office, WOCE Report No.158/ 98, Southampton, U.K.

WOCE Data Products Committee, 2000: WOCE Global Data, Version 2.0, WOCE International Project Office, WOCE Report No.171/00, Southampton, U.K., 121 pp.

WOCE Data Products Committee, 2002. WOCE Global Data, Version 3.0. DVD. WOCE International Project Office, WOCE Report No.180/02, Southampton, U.K. (in preparation)

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