Solar Imagery - Composites - Synoptic Maps - McIntosh

browse graphicBrowse McIntosh solar synoptic chart for Carrington Rotation CR2025.
In 1964 (solar cycle 20) Patrick McIntosh began creating hand-drawn synoptic maps of solar activity, based on Hydrogen alpha (H??) imaging measurements. These synoptic maps were unique because they traced the polarity inversion lines (PILs), connecting widely separated filaments, fibril patterns and plage corridors to reveal the large-scale organization of the solar magnetic field. He and his assistants later included coronal hole (CH) boundaries to the maps, usually from ground-based He-I 10830 images. They continued making these maps until 2010 (the start of solar cycle 24), yielding more than 40 years (540 Carrington rotations) or nearly four complete solar cycles (SCs) of synoptic maps. The McIntosh collection of maps forms a unique and consistent set of global solar magnetic field data.
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Patrick S. McIntosh, NOAA Space Environment Laboratory (1964). Synoptic Maps Composites Observed from McIntosh. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5765CCQ [access date]???.
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    • File Specification: Synoptic maps provided in Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf).
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    • File Specification: Synoptic maps provided in Flexible Image Transport System (fits) format.
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Distributor William Denig
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6323
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Dataset Point of Contact William Denig
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6323
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Coverage Description The maps were produced from 1964 until 2009, or from the start of solar cycle (SC) 20 to the start of SC 24 for Carrington Rotations (CR) from CR1488 to CR2077. This covers a period of more than 40 years, and about 574 Carrington Rotations (CRs), or about four complete SCs of synoptic maps.
Time Period 1964-11-26 to 2009-12-17
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
Documentation links not available.
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2014-08-10
Dataset Progress Status Under development - data is currently in the process of being created
Data Update Frequency Annually
Supplemental Information
Collection consists of daily solar (neutral line) drawings.
Purpose To preserve this unique and valuable data set in digitized formats that make them a unique and powerful resource for the scientific community.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Patrick S. McIntosh, NOAA Space Environment Laboratory (1964). Synoptic Maps Composites Observed from McIntosh. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5765CCQ [access date]???.
Originators
  • Synoptic map data from the Patrick S. McIntosh archive, courtesy of Boston College and National Center for Atmosphere Research, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Data provided through Scientific Data Stewardship provided by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Publishers
    Publisher information not available.
Acknowledgments
  • Data access provided by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
Theme keywords NASA/GCMD Earth Science Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0.
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Active Regions
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Imagery
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Sunspots
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Corona
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Synoptic Maps
Data Center keywords NASA/GCMD Data Center Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0.
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords NASA/GCMD Platform Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0.
  • Solar Observatory Stations
Instrument keywords NASA/GCMD Instrument Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0.
  • Solar Telescope
Place keywords NASA/GCMD Location Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0.
  • Space > Solar Region > Photosphere
  • Space > Solar Region > Chromosphere
  • Space > Solar Region > Corona
Project keywords NASA/GCMD Project Keywords; Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Meaux, C.Solomon, R. Bilodeau, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, 2007 . NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0
  • NOAA > Space Weather Program
  • WDS > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Patrick S. McIntosh, NOAA Space Environment Laboratory (1964). Synoptic Maps Composites Observed from McIntosh. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5765CCQ [access date]???.
  • None
Access Constraints
  • None
Fees
  • None.
Lineage information for: series
Lineage Statement Text 12 - Line 724 // Original synoptic maps were validated by Scott McIntosh when produced.
Processor
  • NOAA/NESDIS/NCEL E/NE4 325 Broadway
Source Datasets
  • Collection included as a part of the NCEI Official Archive.
    • Description of Source: The NOAA Solar and Terrestrial Physics Program is responsible for managing this collection.
    • Temporal extent used: 2009-10-01 to 2010-09-30
  • Neutral Line Drawings: Boulder
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Last Modified: 2016-05-20
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