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Data set name

ENACT/ENSEMBLES (EN2): quality controlled in situ ocean temperature and salinity profiles

Data holding centreHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period1956-2004
OngoingNo
Geographical area

World wide

Observations 
Parameters

Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column

Instruments

Salinity sensor

Description 
Summary

The EN2 data set contains global, sub-surface ocean profiles of (potential) temperature and salinity. They were quality controlled using a comprehensive set of objective checks developed at the Met Office Hadley Centre - drawing on documented procedures from other centres where appropriate. The quality control was applied consistently over the whole period, and the checked profiles were output in a uniform format (NetCDF). The profiles were obtained primarily from the WORLD OCEAN DATABASE 2001, but this was supplemented using data from other sources especially GTSPP for recent years. The quality control and processing system was developed and improved for the EU-supported projects ENACT and ENSEMBLES. It has now been used to process over 7.4 million reports (including duplicates) for the period 1956-2004. These are available below as version v1a (note that until 17 June the v1 files available for 2000-2004 had significant data gaps). A useful by-product of the system is a model-free monthly objective analysis, see Ingleby and Huddleston (2005) for details and contact the authors if you wish to use these gridded fields. A further release of the quality controlled data for ENSEMBLES will be made in early 2006.

OriginatorsHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
References

Ingleby,B. and Huddleston, M. (2005) Quality control of ocean profiles - historical and real-time data., Journal of Marine Systems, Volume 65 (1-4):158-175

Data web sitehttp://www.hadobs.org/
Availability 
OrganisationHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactNick Rayner
Address

Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
Met Office FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB
United Kingdom

Emailnick.rayner@metoffice.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1026031
Global identifier370
Last revised2009-11-30