European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED)

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General
Data set name

U.K. Meteorological Office Climatological Marine Data Bank - North Atlantic and North Sea (1945-)

Data holding centreMet Office
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1945 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Various fixed points on the North Atlantic and North Sea

Observations 
Parameters

Atmospheric visibility and transparency; Air pressure; Air temperature; Cloud cover height and extent; Wind strength and direction; Wave direction; Temperature of the water column; Wave height and period statistics

Instruments

Anemometers; meteorological packages; sea level recorders; water temperature sensor

Description 
Summary

Meteorological observations made at fixed points (e.g. light vessels, Ocean Weather Ships, offshore platforms) and stored in chronological order. Time series are updated with recent data once per year. Beginning in 1991 the UK Meteorological Office has deployed a network of fixed-site open-ocean buoys in waters around the west of the British Isles (12 to 15 degrees West) and at two sites in the North Sea. Most reports are available at 3 hourly intervals.

OriginatorsMet Office
Data web sitehttp://www.met-office.gov.uk/marine
Availability 
OrganisationMet Office
AvailabilityLicence
ContactJon Turton
Address

Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0)1392 886478
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1033002
Global identifier589
Last revised2009-05-22