An inventory of Arctic Ocean data in the World Ocean Database
- 1NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
- 2Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center/Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – Maryland, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Abstract. The World Ocean Database (WOD) contains over 1.3 million oceanographic casts (where
cast refers to an oceanographic profile or set of profiles collected concurrently at more than one depth between the ocean surface and ocean bottom) collected in the Arctic Ocean basin and its surrounding marginal seas. The data, collected from 1849 to the present, come from many submitters and countries, and were collected using a variety of instruments and platforms. These data, along with the derived products World Ocean Atlas (WOA) and the Arctic Regional Climatologies, are exceptionally useful – the data are presented in a standardized, easy to use format and include metadata and quality control information. Collecting data in the Arctic Ocean is challenging, and coverage in space and time ranges from excellent to nearly non-existent. WOD continues to compile a comprehensive collection of Arctic Ocean profile data, ideal for oceanographic, environmental and climatic analyses (https://doi.org/10.7289/V54Q7S16).