The International Surface Pressure Databank version 4

This dataset contains the International Surface Pressure Databank version 4.7 (ISPDv4), 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 ISPDv4 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, ISPDv4 contains feedback from the 20th Century Reanalysis version 3, 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 4.7 and 20th Century Reanalysis version 3 used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility operated under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1806-01-01
    End:  2015-12-31


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1806-01-01
Temporal Range End 2015-12-31
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 : Official ISPD site at

Related Resource #2 : Maps displaying locations of ISPD stations by year

Related Resource #3 : Monthly maps of ISPD version 4.7 observations

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format HDF5
Standardized Resource Format HDF
Asset Size 321694 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.
Slivinski, L. C.
Whitaker, J. S.
Sardeshmukh, P. D.
McColl, C.
Brohan, P.
Allan, R.
Yin, X.
Vose, R.
Spencer, L. J.
Ashcroft, L.
Bronnimann, S.
Brunet, M.
Camuffo, D.
Cornes, R.
Cram, T. A.
Crouthamel, R.
Dominguez-Castro, F.
Freeman, J. E.
Gergis, J.
Giese, B. S.
Hawkins, E.
Jones, P. D.
Jourdain, S.
Kaplan, A.
Kennedy, J.
Kubota, H.
Blancq, F. L.
Lee, T.
Lorrey, A.
Luterbacher, J.
Maugeri, M.
Mock, C. J.
Moore, K.
Przybylak, R.
Pudmenzky, C.
Reason, C.
Slonosky, V. C.
Tinz, B.
Titchner, H.
Trewin, B.
Valente, M. A.
Wang, X. L.
Wilkinson, C.
Wood, K.
Wyszynski, P.
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2019-10-14
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier ds132.2
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress onGoing
Metadata Date 2023-09-24T16:05:02-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds132.2
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Compo, G. P., Slivinski, L. C., Whitaker, J. S., Sardeshmukh, P. D., McColl, C., Brohan, P., Allan, R., Yin, X., Vose, R., Spencer, L. J., Ashcroft, L., Bronnimann, S., Brunet, M., Camuffo, D., Cornes, R., Cram, T. A., Crouthamel, R., Dominguez-Castro, F., Freeman, J. E., Gergis, J., Giese, B. S., Hawkins, E., Jones, P. D., Jourdain, S., Kaplan, A., Kennedy, J., Kubota, H., Blancq, F. L., Lee, T., Lorrey, A., Luterbacher, J., Maugeri, M., Mock, C. J., Moore, K., Przybylak, R., Pudmenzky, C., Reason, C., Slonosky, V. C., Tinz, B., Titchner, H., Trewin, B., Valente, M. A., Wang, X. L., Wilkinson, C., Wood, K., Wyszynski, P.. (2019). The International Surface Pressure Databank version 4. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Accessed 27 September 2023.

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