Subsurface Float DAC Functions and Operations

   The purpose of the float DAC was to create a consolidated float data
   set usable by scientists for statistical studies and incorporation 
   into ocean models.  The intent was that the collected data be the best
   and cleanest version available.  Data were transferred to WDC-A as well
   as being archived and made available by the DAC.

   The Float DAC received most major historical data sets, checked
   them and transferred them to WDC-A.  The DAC also received the bulk of
   the WOCE data sets, including the Lagrangian component of profiling
   ALACE floats.  When data were acquired by the DAC, an attempt was made
   to also acquire background information (data reports, e.g.) and a list
   of references.

   The Float DAC stopped receiving data at the end of 2001.  The NetCDF
   versions of the data found here were finalized by Dr.Charles Sun at
   NOAA, with our thanks.

Data Processing
   The Float DAC expected to receive "final archive versions" of data
   already quality-controlled and calibrated by each PI.  Some checks
   were be made to see that the obtained data looked reasonable.  Exten-
   sive quality control checks were not be performed.  PI's were noti-
   fied of any anomalous data and these were flagged.

Access to Float Data
   The released data files are available as compressed (zip) files
   in either NetCDF (WOCE) or an ASCII format (historic) from
   They are also available in the form they arrived from the PI ("raw").

   If you use data from this archive, please reference the Principal