Atlas of the Oceans
Research & Development
information for fishery scientists and managers; and the means to forecast
the effects of environmental variation on fish populations.
Through cooperative arrangements with many agencies, PFEL obtains raw data and adds value by reformatting with new products. The data delivery systems at PFEL are tailored to provide environmental data for research in fisheries and marine ecosystems and are delivered worldwide. The use of Live Access Servers (LAS), developed by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) is widespread in the oceanographic and atmospheric data community. At PFEL it has been customized for the interaction between physical and chemical parameters in the ocean and their impact on ecosystems.
Example of a LAS product: Pressure reduced to Mean Sea Level (mb) Image: PFEL
Choose between Data Base Development and Data Product Development.
Data Base Development
Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (COADS)
The Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (COADS) is the most complete compilation of surface marine observations available. Go to the COADS homepage at http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/coads/
PFEL produces a small subset of the time series. Go to http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/research/fishery_clim/COADS.html
World Ocean Database (WODB)
The National Oceanographic Data Center archives and provides public access to global oceanographic and coastal data, products, and information including the World Ocean Database (WODB).
We at PFEL have reformatted the WODB for easy access, have added new products and developed a data base extraction program. The database allows users on their own computers to subsample the WODB and other data sets, and produce summaries for customized geographic regions in a number of formats that can be read directly into visualization and statistical analysis software packages. Go to http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/research/globec/RESEARCH/DATA/index.html
Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP)
The Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) program will simultaneously tag more than twenty species of pelagic nekton and birds in the North Pacific in an effort to understand how these animals use the ocean environment. An example is the elephant seal.
Track of a male elephant seal through June, 1997. The inset represents a 6 hr period on 1 April 1997 showing the dive patterns and temperature. Image: PFEL
Global Temperature and Salinity (GTS)
Monthly means in 1-degree lat/long squares of sea surface temperature and anomalies. Go to http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/products/PFEL/observed/GTS_surface/sfc_temp.html
Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP)
PFEL obtains its data through cooperation with the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). Go to the Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program Homepage at http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/GTSPP/gtspp-home.html
PFEL provides Subsurface Temperature and Isotherm Depth Standard Level 1-degree Monthly Means. Go to http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/products/PFEL/observed/gtspp_subsurface/gtspp_subsurface.html
Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) Air/Ocean indices
Monthly averages of the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) 6-hourly analyzed pressure fields interpolated where necessary to a 360 by 181 global spherical grid (1-degree), and Air/Ocean indices computed from the interpolated pressure. Go to http://www.pfeg.noaa.gov/products/las/docs/this_month_pressure.nc.html
California Commercial Landings
Landings of fish and invertebrates from California's commercial marine
fisheries from 1928 to near present, in text and graphic display. Monthly
and annual landings available for six California regions. Number of
categories listed ranges from 50 in 1928, to over 300 at present. Go to http://las.pfeg.noaa.gov:8080/las_fish1/servlets/dataset
California species landings. Image: PFEL
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