NODC Standard Product: World Ocean Database 2009 (2 disc set) (NCEI Accession 0094887)

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World Ocean Database 2009 (WOD09) is a collection of scientifically quality-controlled ocean profile and plankton data that includes measurements of temperature, salinity, oxygen, phosphate, nitrate, silicate, chlorophyll, alkalinity, pH, pCO2, TCO2, Tritium, delta-13Carbon, delta-14Carbon, delta-18Oxygen, Freons, Helium, delta-3Helium, Neon, and plankton. A discussion of data sources is provided. Data are both historical and modern with the most recent data from 2008.

World Ocean Database 2009 is an update of World Ocean Database 2005. It expands on the older version by including new variables, data types, and additional historical, as well as modern, observations. It contains all data from earliest observation through our collection as of Dec. 31, 2009. The 2009 database, updated from the 2005 edition, is significantly larger providing approximately 9.1 million temperature profiles and 3.5 million salinity reports. The 2009 database also captures 29 categories of scientific information from the oceans, including oxygen levels and chemical tracers, plus information on gases and isotopes that can be used to trace the movement of ocean currents. An online version of the World Ocean Database is updated quarterly.

DVD-ROM Disc 1 contains:

OSD, Ocean Station Data
Low & High-resolution CTD/XCTD, Conductivity-Temperature-Depth data
Plankton data

DVD-ROM Disc 2 contains:

MBT, Mechanical / Digital / Micro Bathythermograph data
XBT, Expendable Bathythermograph data
SUR, Surface-only data
APB, Autonomous Pinniped data
MRB, Moored buoy data
PFL, Profiling float data
DRB, Drifting buoy data
UOR, Undulating Oceanographic Recorder data
GLD, Glider data

This DVD contains six directories named:

CODES (contains codes associated with the secondary header, biological header, and taxa data);
DATA (contains yearly sorted data, dating from 1773 though 2009);
DOC (contains the documentation);
ODV (contains the Ocean Data View software for viewing the WOD09 data, developed by Dr. Reiner Schiltzer, AWI. This software will decompress selected files and offers users several options for viewing the WOD09 data. ODV works on PCs only);
PROGRAMS (contains source code and executables for programs which are examples of how to read the data and can be used to reformat the data into comma-delimited or space-delimited forms);
UTILS (contains the gzip utility for uncompressing WOD09 data files).

The World Ocean Database DVDs are currently available via the NCEI Online Store at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/nespls/olstore.prodspecific?prodnum=6008
Cite as: US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Oceanographic Data Center (2017). NODC Standard Product: World Ocean Database 2009 (2 disc set) (NCEI Accession 0094887). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Unpublished Dataset. [access date]
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
301-713-3277
NCEI.Info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
301-713-3277
NCEI.Info@noaa.gov
Time Period: 1773-01-13 to 2009-01-20
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
General Documentation
Date(s)
  • publication: 2017-04-08
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Supplemental Information:
The contents of these DVD-ROM discs are available as 1) a compressed .tar file via the download data button (download size limit may prevent obtaining all data in one transaction); 2) a complete ISO 9660 disc image from which an identical replica of the original disc may be burned on new CD/DVD media by navigating to the .iso file in the data/0-data/disc_image/ subdirectory.

Additional resources are also available online from NODC. See https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/WOD09/pr_wod09.html for details.
Purpose: Basic research
Use Limitations
  • Data in this archival information package are not currently available for public download from NCEI. Please contact NCEI Information Services directly for access to these data.
  • accessLevel: Public
  • 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 data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation Cite as: US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Oceanographic Data Center (2017). NODC Standard Product: World Ocean Database 2009 (2 disc set) (NCEI Accession 0094887). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Unpublished Dataset. [access date]
Resource Provider(s)
  • US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 1773-01-13 to 2009-01-20
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS > CARBON DIOXIDE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS > WIND SPEED/WIND DIRECTION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > WATER DEPTH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > ALKALINITY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > AMMONIA
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > CARBON
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > CARBON DIOXIDE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > CHLOROPHYLL
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > DISSOLVED GASES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > INORGANIC CARBON
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NITRATE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NITRITE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PHOSPHATE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > SILICATE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS > ATTENUATION/TRANSMISSION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS > SECCHI DEPTH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN PRESSURE > WATER PRESSURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN WAVES > WAVE HEIGHT
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN WAVES > WAVE PERIOD
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN WAVES > WAVE SPEED/DIRECTION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS > National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC > Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC > Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC > Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA. U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC > Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA. U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC/PFEL > Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS > National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/CSC > Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC > Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/OAR > Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/OAR/AOML > Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/OAR/PMEL > Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOD/USNAVY/FNMOC > Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, U.S. Navy, U. S. Department of Defense
  • DOI/USFWS > U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • DOI/USGS > U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • DOI/USGS/CMG/WHSC > Woods Hole Science Center, Coastal and Marine Geology, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • JP/NIES > National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • NASA > National Aeronautic and Space Administration
  • RU/ROSHYDROMET/FERHRI > Far East Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Russia
  • WHOI > Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • AIRCRAFT
  • BUOYS
  • NOAA-11 > National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-11
  • SHIPS
  • TAO > TROPICAL ATMOSPHERE OCEAN
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • BATHYTHERMOGRAPHS
  • CONDUCTIVITY METERS
  • CTD > Conductivity, Temperature, Depth
  • FLUOROMETERS
  • MBT > Mechanical Bathythermographs
  • NETS
  • OXYGEN METERS
  • SALINOMETERS
  • SCANFISH > SHIP-TOWED UNDULATING VEHICLE
  • SECCHI DISKS
  • TEMPERATURE PROBES
  • TEMPERATURE SENSORS
  • THERMISTORS
  • THERMOMETERS
  • THERMOSALINOGRAPHS
  • TRANSMISSOMETERS
  • XBT > Expendable Bathythermographs
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS