Accession Number:

ADA528067

Title:

The NDBC IOOS(Registered) Data Assembly Center

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS NATIONAL DATA BUOY CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The National Data Buoy Center, located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, began operations in 1967 as a program under the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1970, NOAA was formed and NDBC was transferred to that agency. The first buoys operated and managed by NDBC were large, 12-meter discus buoys that were constructed of steel and deployed in deep waters off the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. By 1979, NDBC maintained 26 stations 16 in the Pacific Ocean, 7 in the Atlantic Ocean and 3 in the Gulf of Mexico. NDBC deployed 8 more stations in the Great Lakes during the 1980s. Today, NDBC operates 115 moored weatherocean platforms, 52 coastal marine stations, 39 deep-ocean tsunameters and 55 tropical atmosphere ocean moored platforms in the equatorial Pacific. In response to the growing number of stations, NDBC established a data quality assurance group that quality controls data from all NDBC platforms, on a daily basis. The real-time observations are released through the NWS Telecommunications Gateway in Silver Spring, Maryland and sent to the World Meteorological Organization WMO Information System telecommunication services. Automated quality control is applied before the observations are released checking for parity errors, range checks for spurious points, time continuity checks and zero wave heights. In addition, the observations are evaluated after 45 days, edited and sent to U.S. archive data centers for permanent storage. In 2001, NDBC began receiving, processing, quality controlling and disseminating observations from 10 stations deployed by the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System. Weather Forecast Offices, mariners, transportation officials and the public wanted to ensure that the observations received NDBCs stamp of approval before they were used in daily operations. In July 2006, with funding from the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System IOOS Program, NDBC started the IOOS Data As

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE