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9. Our Oceans Today: Operational & Synoptic Products

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General:  Most of the exercises in MDL are concerned with climatological products and/or long-term data archives containing historical records.  Sections 8 and 9, however, concern data delivery systems (8) and operational products (9), including satellite analyses, model simulations, and warning-type products for ice and storms.  Specifically operational formats (NetCDF, GRIB, BUFR, etc.) are emphasized because they are designed for such uses.  The most recent products are preferred, often from "today," but a few systems require multiple days to assemble a useful composite (e.g. salinity, pigments).  Some products are available as both nowcasts and forecasts, so a wide range of "times" is presented.

Related Exercises in Other Groups:

Exercises in this Group:  Currents     Models & Forecasts    In Situ/At Sea   Optics/Pigments/Nutrients     Salinity     Sea Surface Height/Tides     Sea Ice     Sea Temperature    Waves     Winds/Weather     General & Ancillary


In Situ/At Sea - includes items from other categories

Models & Forecasts - includes items from other categories


Salinity (Models and Measurements)

Sea Surface Height/Tides

Sea Ice

Sea Temperature



General & Ancillary


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