The International Surface Pressure Databank version 3

Notice: A newer version of this dataset, the International Surface Pressure Databank version 4, is available in RDA dataset ds132.2 []. Users are recommended to access this updated dataset.

This dataset contains the International Surface Pressure Databank version 3.2.9 (ISPDv3), the world's largest collection of pressure observations. It has been gathered through international cooperation with data recovery facilitated by the ACRE Initiative and the other contributing organizations and assembled under the auspices of the GCOS Working Group on Surface Pressure and the WCRP/GCOS Working Group on Observational Data Sets for Reanalysis by NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). The ISPDv3 consists of three components: station, marine, and tropical cyclone best track pressure observations. The station component is a blend of many national and international collections. In addition to the pressure observations and metadata, ISPDv3 contains feedback from the 20th Century Reanalysis version 2c (20CRV2c), including quality control information and uncertainty information.

Support for the International Surface Pressure Databank is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research (BER), and by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office.

The International Surface Pressure Databank version 3 and 20th Century Reanalysis version 2c used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center which is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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  • Thomas Cram
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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1773-01-01
    End:  2013-12-31


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1773-01-01
Temporal Range End 2013-12-31
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

Related Resource #1 : The International Surface Pressure Databank wiki page at

Related Resource #2 : Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE)

Related Resource #3 : NOAA ESRL 20th Century Reanalysis homepage

Related Resource #4 : Maps displaying the locations of ISPDv3 observations in a selected year

Related Resource #5 : 20th Century Reanalysis status mailing list (Reanalysis-20cr-notify)

Related Resource #6 : ERA-20C feedback archive (using ISPD v3.2.6) at ECMWF.

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format HDF5
Standardized Resource Format HDF
Asset Size 289097 MB
Legal Constraints

Use of this dataset is subject to UCAR's Terms of Use, except that commercial use is generally not prohibited.

Access Constraints Registration on the RDA web site is a requirement for access to the data.
Software Implementation Language N/A

Resource Support Name Thomas Cram
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 Compo, G. P.
Whitaker, J. S.
Sardeshmukh, P. D.
Allan, R. J.
McColl, C.
Yin, X.
Vose, R. S.
Matsui, N.
Ashcroft, L.
Auchmann, R.
Benoy, M.
Bessemoulin, P.
Brandsma, T.
Brohan, P.
Brunet, M.
Comeaux, J.
Cram, T. A.
Crouthamel, R.
Groisman, P. Y.
Hersbach, H.
Jones, P. D.
Jonsson, T.
Jourdain, S.
Kelly, G.
Knapp, K. R.
Kruger, A.
Kubota, H.
Lentini, G.
Lorrey, A.
Lott, N.
Lubker, S. J.
Luterbacher, J.
Marshall, G. J.
Maugeri, M.
Mock, C. J.
Mok, H. Y.
Nordli, O.
Przybylak, R.
Rodwell, M. J.
Ross, T. F.
Schuster, D.
Srnec, L.
Valente, M. A.
Vizi, Z.
Wang, X. L.
Westcott, N.
Woollen, J. S.
Worley, S. J.
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2015-09-10
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier ds132.1
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress onGoing
Metadata Date 2023-09-21T16:05:02-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds132.1
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Compo, G. P., Whitaker, J. S., Sardeshmukh, P. D., Allan, R. J., McColl, C., Yin, X., Vose, R. S., Matsui, N., Ashcroft, L., Auchmann, R., Benoy, M., Bessemoulin, P., Brandsma, T., Brohan, P., Brunet, M., Comeaux, J., Cram, T. A., Crouthamel, R., Groisman, P. Y., Hersbach, H., Jones, P. D., Jonsson, T., Jourdain, S., Kelly, G., Knapp, K. R., Kruger, A., Kubota, H., Lentini, G., Lorrey, A., Lott, N., Lubker, S. J., Luterbacher, J., Marshall, G. J., Maugeri, M., Mock, C. J., Mok, H. Y., Nordli, O., Przybylak, R., Rodwell, M. J., Ross, T. F., Schuster, D., Srnec, L., Valente, M. A., Vizi, Z., Wang, X. L., Westcott, N., Woollen, J. S., Worley, S. J.. (2015). The International Surface Pressure Databank version 3. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Accessed 04 December 2023.

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