Use of WMO47 Metadata in a Global Flux Climatology

Kent, E.C., Josey, S.A. and Taylor, P.K. (1997) Use of WMO47 Metadata in a Global Flux Climatology. In, International Workshop on Digitization and Preparation of Historical Marine Data and Metadata, Toledo, Spain, 15 - 17 Sep 1997. Geneva, Switzerland, WMO109pp, 93-97.


[img] PDF - Version of Record
Download (280Kb)
Original Publication URL:


The SOC Flux Climatology (Josey et al., 1998) is unique in its use of Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) metadata to improve the quality of ocean surface flux estimates obtained from merchant ship data within the Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set Release 1a (COADS, Woodruff et al. 1993). Corrections to the ship data combined two WMOsponsored data sources: firstly the VOS Special Observing Project - North Atlantic (VSOP-NA) which identified errors in merchant ship weather observations and secondly the metadata collected by Port Meteorological Officers around the world and published annually by the WMO (WMO47, e.g. WMO 1994). The metadata were merged with COADS individual reports giving instrument types and heights for most VOS weather reports. These metadata allowed the identification of those reports that required correction following the recommendations of the VSOP-NA.

The resulting fluxes are now starting to be validated and the total heat flux from the SOC climatology agrees well with high quality research data from buoys where that is available.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Related URLs:
Keywords: Ship observations, marine meteorology, metadata, heat flux
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
ePrint ID: 69538
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:58

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics