Surface ocean velocities obtained by HF radar from stations located along coastal waters of Antarctica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, eastern US/Gulf of Mexico and western US during May 2015 (NCEI Accession 0138488)

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The archival package contains ocean surface radial velocities collected from High frequency (HF) radar stations. NDBC, which with SIO assembles data from the IOOS HF Radar Network, submits these data monthly to NCEI as part of NCEI's Integrated Ocean Observing System Data Assembly Centers (IOOS DACs) Data Stewardship Program. Radial velocity files contain metadata in a key-value format while the measured velocities and associated ancillary data are reported in a tab-delimited format.

Remote sensing of ocean surface velocity from shore-based HF radar sites bridges an operational observational gap between point samples obtained from in-situ sampling and synoptic scale relatively low resolution data obtained from satellites by providing continuous mesoscale coverage at relatively high resolution near the coast. HF radar systems measure the speed of ocean surface currents in directions radial to the antenna in near real time. Radial measurements of ocean velocity may be used directly in some applications such as model assimilation but are commonly used in combination with overlapping sites to estimate the total vector ocean velocity. Radial velocities alone are a measurement of surface ocean velocity projected along the direction radial to the antenna.

Systems operate continuously in all weather conditions and are installed near the coastline. Range resolution of measured currents is determined by the radar transmit bandwidth used. Bandwidth is controlled by radio frequency licenses and translates to range resolutions of 0.5 to 6 kilometers. Maximum ranges of current measurements also depend on radar transmit frequency and vary from about 40 km offshore to about 200 km offshore. Velocities are measured in the upper 0.3 - 2.5 meters of the ocean depending on the operating frequency and vertical velocity shear profile.
  • Cite as: Hervey, Rex V.; US DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Data Buoy Center (2015). Surface ocean velocities obtained by HF radar from stations located along coastal waters of Antarctica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, eastern US/Gulf of Mexico and western US during May 2015 (NCEI Accession 0138488). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0138488. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2015-05-01 to 2015-05-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 49.215867
S: -64.7872
E: -64.049417
W: -158.289703
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2015-12-01
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
Supplemental Information
Documents about processing HF radar data and other related information are archived in NCEI accession 0126755 (see http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0126755)
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: Hervey, Rex V.; US DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Data Buoy Center (2015). Surface ocean velocities obtained by HF radar from stations located along coastal waters of Antarctica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, eastern US/Gulf of Mexico and western US during May 2015 (NCEI Accession 0138488). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0138488. Accessed [date].
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CIRCULATION > OCEAN CURRENTS
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/NOS/CO-OPS > Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOD/USNAVY/NPS > Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • UGA/SkIO > Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia
  • UMAINE > University of Maine
  • WHOI > WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > SOUTHERN OCEAN
HF Radar Site Code and Name
  • AGL1 - Pt. Arguello, CA
  • ANGL - Angel Island, CA
  • ARG1 - Pt. Arguello, CA
  • ASSA - Assateague, MD
  • BIGC - Big Creek
  • BISL - Block Island, RI
  • BLCK - Block Island
  • BML1 - Bodega Marine Laboratory, CA
  • BMLR - Bodega Marine Laboratory Long Range
  • BRAD - Bradley Beach, NJ
  • BRAG - Fort Bragg, CA
  • BRIG - Brigantine, NJ
  • BRMR - Brigantine, NJ
  • BRNT - Brant Beach, NJ
  • CAT - St. Catherine's, GA
  • CBL1 - Cape Blanco, OR
  • CDDO - Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • CDN - Crandon, FL
  • CEDR - Cedar Island, VA
  • CMPT - Cape May Point, NJ
  • COMM - Commonweal Center, Bolinas, CA
  • CON - Conalep, Mexico
  • COP1 - Coal Oil Pt.
  • CORE - Core Banks, NC
  • CPHN - Cape Henry, VA, USA
  • CRIS - Crissy Field, CA
  • CSTM - Cape St. Mary, NS, CA
  • CSW - Fort Caswell, NC
  • DCLR - Diablo Canyon Long Range, CA
  • DCSR - Diablo Canyon Standard Range, CA
  • DUCK - Duck, NC
  • ESTR - Point Estero, CA
  • EXPL - The Exploratorium Museum, CA
  • FBK1 - FallBack22, Pt. Sal, CA
  • FDS - Ft. De Soto, FL
  • FURA - Anasco, Puerto Rico
  • GCAP - Great Captain Island, CT
  • GMNB - Grand Manan, NB, CA
  • GRNI - Green's Island, Maine, USA
  • GTN - Georgetown, SC
  • HATY - Cape Hatteras, NC
  • HBSP - Henderson Beach State Park, FL
  • HEMP - Hempstead, NY
  • HLPN - Cape Henlopen, DE
  • HOOK - Sandy Hook, NJ
  • JEK - Jekyll Island, GA, USA
  • JOUB - Joubin Island
  • KAK - Kaka'ako, HI
  • KAL - Kalaeloa, HI
  • KKH - Keaukaha, HI
  • KNA - Kaena, HI
  • KOK - Koko Head, HI
  • LEND - Land's End, CA
  • LISL - Little Island Park, VA
  • LOVE - Loveladies
  • LPWR - Long Point Wildlife Refuge, MA
  • LUIS - Point San Luis, CA
  • MAN1 - Manhattan Beach, OR
  • MGS1 - Mandalay Generating Station
  • MISQ - Misquamicut, RI
  • MLML - Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, CA
  • MNTK - Montauk, NY
  • MONT - Montara Sanitary District, Montara, CA
  • MRCH - Moriches, NY
  • MVCO - Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • NANT - Nantucket Island, MA
  • NAPL - Naples, FL
  • NAUS - Nauset, MA
  • NIC1 - Nicholas Canyon, CA
  • NPGS - Naval Postgraduate School
  • OBSP - Orange Beach State Park, AL
  • PAFS - Point Arena Field Station
  • PALM - Palmer Station
  • PBON - Point Bonita, CA
  • PESC - Pescadero, CA
  • PILR - Pillar Point Air Force Station, CA, USA
  • PORT - Port Monmouth, NJ
  • PPK - Pepe'ekeo, HI
  • PREY - Point Reyes, CA
  • PSG1 - Point St. George, CA
  • PSLR - Point Sur Long Range, CA
  • PTC1 - Point Conception, CA
  • QTA - Quinta, Mexico
  • RAGG - Ragged Point, CA
  • RDSR - Reddington, FL
  • RFG1 - Refugio State Beach
  • RTC1 - Romberg Tiburon Center, CA
  • SAU - Sauzal, Mexico
  • SAUS - Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District, CA, USA
  • SCCI - Catalina Island, CA
  • SCDB - Dan Blocker, CA
  • SCDH - Dockweiler Headquarters, CA
  • SCNB - Newport Beach, CA
  • SCPF - Point Fermin, CA
  • SCRZ - Santa Cruz
  • SCTB - Torrance Beach, CA
  • SDBP - San Diego, Border Park
  • SDCI - San Diego, Coronado Islands
  • SDDP - Dana Point, CA
  • SDPL - San Diego, Point Loma
  • SDSC - San Clemente Is, CA
  • SDSE - San Elijo State Beach, CA
  • SDSL - San Diego, Scripps Long-range
  • SDUT - Upper Trestles, San Diego, CA
  • SDWW - Point Loma Waste Water Treatment Plant, CA
  • SEA1 - Seaside, OR
  • SGRV - Singing River, MS
  • SHEL - Shelter Cove, CA
  • SILD - Staten Island, NY
  • SLID - Slide Ranch, CA
  • SNI1 - San Nicolas Island, CA
  • SPRK - Seaside Park, NJ
  • SSD1 - Summerland Sanitary District
  • STF - Dania Beach, FL
  • STLI - Stehli Beach, NY
  • STV2 - Fort Stevens, OR
  • SUNS - Sunset Beach Resort, Cape Charles, VA
  • TRIN - Trinidad, CA
  • TRL1 - NULL
  • VCOL - Westshore Coal Terminal, Tsawwassen
  • VEN - Venice, FL
  • VENI - Venice, FL
  • VIEW - Ocean View Beach, VA
  • VIL - Villarino, Mexico
  • VION - Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, Vancouver
  • VIR - Virginia Key, FL
  • WILD - Wildwood
  • WLD2 - Waldport, OR
  • WOOD - North Wildwood, NJ
  • YHL1 - Yaquina Head Long, OR
  • YHS2 - Yaquina Head South, OR
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • IOOS > Integrated Ocean Observing System
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Hervey, Rex V.; US DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Data Buoy Center (2015). Surface ocean velocities obtained by HF radar from stations located along coastal waters of Antarctica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, eastern US/Gulf of Mexico and western US during May 2015 (NCEI Accession 0138488). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0138488. Accessed [date].
Access 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.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-12-01T13:33:24Z - NCEI Accession 0138488 v1.1 was published.
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Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • radar - high frequency oceanographic
Last Modified: 2019-08-07T16:21:26Z
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