Active Marine Station Metadata

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The Active Marine Station Metadata is a daily metadata report for active marine bouy and C-MAN (Coastal Marine Automated Network) platforms from the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). Metadata includes the station id, latitude/longitude (resolution to thousandths of a degree), the station name, the station owner, the program the station is associated with (e.g., TAO, NDBC, tsunami, NOS, etc.), station type (e.g., buoy, fixed, oil rig, etc.), notification if the station observes meteorology, currents, and water quality (signified by 'y' for yes and 'n' for no). If there is a 'y' associated with one of these tags, then the station has reported data in that category within the last 8 hours (or 24 hours for DART stations--Deep-Ocean Assessment Reporting of Tsunamis). If there is an 'n', data has not been received within those times. Stations are removed from the list when they are dismantled. The metadata information is written to a daily XML-formatted file.
Cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • NCEI DSI 1167_01
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00819
Order Data
Distribution Formats
  • XML
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.orders@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.orders@noaa.gov
Time Period 2012-05-18 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2012-07-10
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Under development - data is currently in the process of being created
Data Update Frequency Daily
Purpose NCDC uses this station information as the official list for populating C-MAN locations (capturing the latitude and longitude data) which are not transmitted with the original observations through the Global Telecommunications System (GTS). This metadata supplements existing ICOADS/GTS archived datasets and will also support ICOADS data processing at NCDC.
Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Phenomena
  • Earth Science > Climate Indicators > Atmospheric/Ocean Indicators
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • Meteorological Station
  • Buoys
  • Ocean Platforms
  • COASTAL STATIONS
  • C-MAN > Coastal Marine Network
  • TAO > Tropical Atmosphere Ocean
  • DART > Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
  • Geographic Region > Global
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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