Multi-Network Composite Highest Resolution Upper Air Data [NCAR/EOL]

This data set is a composite of radiosondes collected from 5 sounding platforms during the Variability of the American MOnsoonS (VAMOS) Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study (VOCALS) 2008 project with data collected from 30 September 2008 through 1 December 2008. This project was conducted off and along the coast of northern Chile, South America in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This composite contains a total of 678 high resolution soundings. The data includes 678 soundings with 91 10-sec resolution soundings from the lower site at Paposo, Chile, 215 1-sec soundings from R/V Ron Brown, 47 0.5 second dropsondes from the United Kingdom Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) BAe-146 aircraft, 192 1-sec soundings from the GPS Advanced Upper_Air Sounding (GAUS) system located at Iquique, Chile, and 133 1-sec soundings from the R/V Jose Olaya GAUS system. Users are strongly encouraged to contact FAAM BAe for guidance on using their dropsonde data. Please contact Grant Allen at grant dot allen at All soundings are provided at the highest possible resolution (i.e. the 'native' resolution).

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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  2008-09-30T21:18:00Z
    End:  2008-12-01T23:59:59Z


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 2008-09-30T21:18:00Z
Temporal Range End 2008-12-01T23:59:59Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat 28.80000
Bounding Box South Lat -30.00000
Bounding Box West Long -90.00000
Bounding Box East Long -70.00000
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Spatial Resolution N/A
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Documentation #1 : Readme_VOCALS_2008_HiResComposite_soundings.html

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Standardized Resource Format UNDEFINED FORMAT
Asset Size 335 MB
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Resource Support Name EOL Data Support
Resource Support Email
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory
Distributor UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory
Metadata Contact Name EOL Data Support
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Metadata Contact Organization UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory

Author UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory
Publisher UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory
Publication Date 2011-01-25T13:25:23
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier 89.136
Resource Version 1.0
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2021-10-01T16:05:10Z
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.eol::89.136
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. (2011). Multi-Network Composite Highest Resolution Upper Air Data [NCAR/EOL]. 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 05 December 2023.

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