World Ocean Database 2013 (NCEI Accession 0117075)

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The World Ocean Database (WOD) is the World’s largest publicly available uniform format quality controlled ocean profile dataset. Ocean profile data are sets of measurements of an ocean variable at a single geographic location within a short (minutes to hours) temporal period in some portion of the water column from the surface to the bottom. To be considered a profile for the WOD, there must be more than a single depth/variable pair. Multiple profiles at the same location from the same set of instruments is an oceanographic cast. There are more than 13 million oceanographic casts in the WOD 2013 (WOD13) initial release, from the second voyage of Captain Cook (1772) to the modern Argo floats (end of 2012). Ocean variables in the WOD13 include temperature, salinity, oxygen, nutrients, tracers, and biological variables such as plankton and chlorophyll. Quality control procedures are documented and performed on each cast, the results included as flags on each measurement. The WOD13 presents data in Climate-Forecast netCDF ragged array format for ease of use mindful of space limitations. The WOD13 contains the data on the originally measured depth levels (observed) and interpolated to standard depth levels to present a more uniform iso-surface for oceanographic and climate work.
  • Cite as: Boyer, Tim P.; Antonov, John I.; Baranova, Olga K.; Coleman, Carla; Garcia, Hernan E.; Grodsky, Alexandra; Johnson, Daphne R.; Locarnini, Ricardo A.; Mishonov, Alexey V.; O'Brien, Todd D.; Paver, Christopher R.; Reagan, James R.; Seidov, Dan; Smolyar, Igor V.; Zweng, Melissa M. (2016). World Ocean Database 2013 (NCEI Accession 0117075). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7289/v54q7s16. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 1772-12-15 to 2013-01-10
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • NCEI Standard Product: World Ocean Database (WOD)
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  • World ocean database 2013 / Timothy P. Boyer, John I. Antonov, Olga K. Baranova, Carla Coleman, Hernan E. Garcia, Alexandra Grodsky, Daphne R. Johnson, Ricardo A. Locarnini, Alexey V. Mishonov, Todd D. O'Brien, Christopher R. Paver, James R. Reagan, Dan Seidov, Igor V. Smolyar, Melissa M. Zweng; Silver Spring, Md.: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanographic Data Center, Ocean Climate Laboratory, 2013
    • WOD13
      NOAA Central Library: 1 online resource (208 pages); PDF file, illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
  • Parent ID (indicates this dataset is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.nodc:NCEI-WOD
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-07-21
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Purpose This dataset is available to the public for a wide variety of uses including scientific research and analysis.
Use Limitations
  • 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 the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Boyer, Tim P.; Antonov, John I.; Baranova, Olga K.; Coleman, Carla; Garcia, Hernan E.; Grodsky, Alexandra; Johnson, Daphne R.; Locarnini, Ricardo A.; Mishonov, Alexey V.; O'Brien, Todd D.; Paver, Christopher R.; Reagan, James R.; Seidov, Dan; Smolyar, Igor V.; Zweng, Melissa M. (2016). World Ocean Database 2013 (NCEI Accession 0117075). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7289/v54q7s16. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
  • Boyer, Tim P.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Antonov, John I.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
  • Baranova, Olga K.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Coleman, Carla
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Garcia, Hernan E.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Grodsky, Alexandra
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Johnson, Daphne R.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Locarnini, Ricardo A.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Mishonov, Alexey V.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • O'Brien, Todd D.
    US DOC; NOAA; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • Paver, Christopher R.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Reagan, James R.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Seidov, Dan
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Smolyar, Igor V.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
  • Zweng, Melissa M.
    US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
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