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The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) International Programme
for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB), through participating research
organizations in various countries, maintains a network of drifting
buoys in the Antarctic sea ice zone to support a better understanding
of sea ice motion, meteorology, and oceanography. The IPAB Antarctic
Drifting Buoy Data archive, presently spanning the years 1995 to 1998,
includes measurements of buoy position, atmospheric pressure, air
temperature, and sea surface temperature. Data are organized by daily
and three-hour averages and the raw, instantaneous, non-interpolated
data values. Data were collected from buoys initially deployed in
three study regions: East Antarctica; the Weddell Sea; and the
Bellingshausen, Amundsen, and Ross Seas. Data are in ASCII text
format and are available by ftp. Data updates will become available
as data are processed and new buoys are deployed.
South Atlantic Ocean
South Pacific Ocean
N: -57, S: -76, E: 180, W: -180