Global Atmospheric Circulation Statistics, 1958-1989

Twenty-two monthly statistical quantities make up this dataset of grids which describes the atmospheric general circulation at eleven vertical levels across the troposphere and stratosphere over a 32-year period. These gridded analyses, created from upper air soundings across the globe, span the period from May 1958 to December 1989. The statistical parameters, which are useful for comparing climate model simulations to actual observations, include monthly means and variances of horizontal and vertical wind, temperature, geopotential height, moisture, and horizontal wind divergence. There are also covariance terms describing the relationship between wind, temperature, moisture, and geopotential height. In general, the analyses near the surface of the earth (900mb and below) tend to be less reliable than those of the higher levels because the individual rawinsonde reports are often incomplete due to missing 1000mb reports.

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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1958-05-01T00:00:00Z
    End:  1990-01-01T00:00:00Z


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1958-05-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 1990-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links N/A
Additional Information N/A
Resource Format NetCDF
Standardized Resource Format NetCDF
Asset Size 3340 MB
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Software Implementation Language N/A

Resource Support Name Bob Dattore
Resource Support Email
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive
Distributor NCAR Research Data Archive
Metadata Contact Name N/A
Metadata Contact Email
Metadata Contact Organization NCAR Research Data Archive

Author Oort, Abraham Hans
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 1994-12-12
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier ds217.1
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2023-05-20T22:05:01-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds217.1
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Oort, Abraham Hans. (1994). Global Atmospheric Circulation Statistics, 1958-1989. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Accessed 29 September 2023.

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