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COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.94

The Role of the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set in the Sustained Ocean Observing System

Steven J. Worley(1), Scott D. Woodruff(2), Sandra J. Lubker(2), Ji Zaihua(1), J. Eric Freeman(3), Elizabeth C. Kent(4), Philip Brohan(5), David I. Berry(4), Shawn R. Smith(6), Clive Wilkinson(7), Richard W. Reynolds(8)

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The International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) is an archive of in situ marine surface observations and products, which has been developed over 25 years. The current Release 2.5 spans 1662-2007 and has preliminary monthly updates for 2008 onwards. ICOADS is a worldwide respected reference dataset, combining data from multiple sustained ocean observing systems. In this paper, the impact of ICOADS on associated advanced data products and research is reviewed, the improvements in data composition and coverage relative to the previous Release are illustrated, the positive influence and support from the international collaborators is described, the free and open access is recounted, and the future objectives and recommendations to the community are defined.

1NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO, 80305, USA,
2NOAA/ESRL (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Earth System Research Laboratory) (R/PSD3), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305-3328,USA
3NOAA/NCDC/CDMP (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Climate Data Center/Climate Database Modernization Program), 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
4National Oceanography Centre, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom
5Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB, United Kingdom
6COAPS (Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies), Florida State University, 236 R. M. Johnson Bldg. 32306-2840 Tallahassee USA
7University of East Anglia, CRU (Climatic Research Unit), University Drive, Norwich, NR4 7TJ United Kingdom
8NOAA/NCDC (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Climate Data Center), 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801-5001, U.S.A

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: worley@ucar.edu

This paper shall be cited as:

Worley, S. & Co-Authors (2010). "The Role of the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set in the Sustained Ocean Observing System" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.94

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