Important notes: C-MAN data
Coral Health and Monitoring Program
coral at coral.aoml.erl.gov
Fri Feb 2 14:14:48 EST 1996
Doug Scally of NOAA's National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) has offered important
notes, listed here (with minor editing), regarding our posting of
Coastal-Marine Automated Network data:
a. FWYF1 (Fowey Rocks), SMKF1 (Sombrero Reef), MLRF1 (Molasses Reef) and
DRYF1 (Dry Tortugas) are presently operated and maintained by NDBC for MET
measurements (under programmatic and financial support from NWS [National
Weather Service].) However, FIO (Florida Institute of Oceanography) maintains
and operates all oceanographic sensors.
b. SANF1 (Sand Key) and LONF1 (Long Key) operate temporarily under the same
division of responsibility, but are both scheduled for removal this year (as
financial support, formerly through FIO, is no longer available.)
c. Wind speed and direction are 2-minute averages (minutes 58 to 00 each
hour); wind gust is the highest 5-second running average measured during the
2-minute observation. The SeaKeys stations also report "continuous wind
measurements" each hour. These consist of 6 10-minute averages and the peak
gust during the previous hour.
d. You may wish to substitute "Celsius" (equivalent to
Centigrade) as the now preferred term for metric temperatures.
e. There are now 10 Micronesian C-MAN stations but not all are presently
releasing data through GOES.
f. More detailed information on the stations and met measurements are
available on our SeaBoard Home Page
For further information, contact:
Douglas Scally, NDBC
e-mail: dscally at ndbc.noaa.gov
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