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WOCE Sea Surface Salinity Data Assembly Center (WOCE SSS DAC)

The WOCE SSS DAC located at the Cenre ORSTOM de Brest is charged with assembling all the Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) observations collected since 1990 in the course of the WOCE programme (oceanographic cruises, observational networks). Information on the procedures for submitting SSS data to the DAC can be obtained from the server of the WOCE Data Information Sources or from the DAC.

Initially the data archived at the SSS DAC mainly came from observations made by merchant ships (VOS) of the network administered by ORSTOM, supplemented by data extracted from the 1998 NODC Atlas. The table below shows the total observations as well as division between oceans.

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

1999
2000 TOTAL
Atlantic 10535 7648 6542 6638 5083 5067 4313 1894 1506

 562

0
49788
Indian Ocean 2443 1604 1552 1267 1324 620 982 505 145

96

0
10538
Pacific 18439 13199 9574 6038 4023 2407 1974 781 576

0

0
56951

Because of the diversity of data sources and their amount of quality control the data files submitted to the DAC by the various PIs are treated separately.


This page is maintained by Alain Dessier Alain.Dessier@ird.fr
Last update: 11 October 2000

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