Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0190

Historical Arctic and Antarctic Surface Observational Data, Version 1

This product consists of meteorological data from 105 Arctic weather stations and 137 Antarctic stations, extracted from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)'s Integrated Surface Hourly (ISH) database. Variables include wind direction, wind speed, visibility, air temperature, dew point temperature, and sea level pressure. Temporal coverage varies by station, with the earliest record in 1913 and the latest in 2002. Data are in tab-delimited ASCII text format, with one file per station and year. Graphs of meteorological variables throughout the time series accompany the ASCII data.

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Parameter(s):
  • ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > DEW POINT TEMPERATURE
  • ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > SEA LEVEL PRESSURE
  • ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE > Surface Air Temperature
  • ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
  • AIR QUALITY > VISIBILITY
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Spatial Coverage:
N: 83.633, 
N: -60.717, 
S: 59.983, 
S: -90, 
E: -13.583, 
E: 178.72, 
W: -73.167
W:
Platform(s):GROUND STATIONS
Spatial Resolution:Not SpecifiedSensor(s):AWS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1913 to 31 December 2002
Version(s):V1
Temporal ResolutionNot specifiedMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Julienne Stroeve, Christopher Shuman

Geographic Coverage

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As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Julienne Stroeve and Christopher Shuman 2004. Historical Arctic and Antarctic Surface Observational Data, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/4DIN375AWFIO. [Date Accessed].

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