BPR Data for WC15 19880905 to 19890804

During 1982-1985, PMEL engaged in the development of a reliable deep-ocean Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR) to collect high-quality deep-water data during a tsunami. In 1986, NOAA initiated a long-term field program in the northeast Pacific and the program was expanded in 1987 to include shallow-water BPR sites maintained and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers along the United States west coast and Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Observation Program (PacTOP) included five permanent deep-ocean observational sites in the northeast Pacific Ocean to monitor the seismically active Alaska-Aleutian Seismic Zone because of the potential threat to United States coastal regions. During the mid-90's, the individual BPR package is now part of a real-time tsunami detection package, the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART). The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) serves as the archive center for this data and provides the historical data to users.
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Distribution Formats
Distributor Aaron Sweeney
Water Level Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI> National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4797
Dataset Point of Contact John Wasserman
DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(228) 688-1818
Time Period 1988-09-05T190000 to 1989-08-04T134500
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 45.96
S: 45.96
E: -130.02
W: -130.02
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
Documentation links not available.
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2006-04-21
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Supplemental Information
The Bottom Pressure Recorder dataset consists of over 70 BPR's deployed in: a triangular array in close proximity to the Shumigan Seismic Gap; near the landward slope of the Aleutian Trench, off the United States Pacific Northwest coast, and off the coast of Hawaii.
Purpose Provide historic pressure and temperature data
Use Limitations
  • These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
  • DOC/NOAA/OAR/PMEL > Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Publisher information not available.
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Tidal Height
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Waves > Tsunamis
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Tides > Tidal Height
Use Constraints No constraint information available
  • free for online download
Lineage information for: dataset
  • DOC/NOAA/OAR/PMEL > Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • Early processing of the data can be found in Eble et al., 1989.
  • 2005-09-02T00:00:00 - Received edited data
Source Datasets
  • Historic Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR) Data
    • Historic Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR) Data
      Lineage information for: Scope not available.
      Processing Steps
      • Mission Start Date
      • Transducers have been incorporated into pressure sensor units designed for oceanic application.
      Acquisition Information (collection)
      • Paroscientific model 410K-017 digiquartz pressure transducer. ID 24061
      • Yellow Spring International Model 44032 thermistor
      • Multimode quartz crystal oscillator
      • Bottom Pressure Recorder
      • Pacific Tsunami Observation Program (PacTOP)
      Last Modified: 2016-03-21
      For questions about the information on this page, please email: Aaron.Sweeney@noaa.gov