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WOCE Subsurface Float Data Assembly Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Abstract: Subsurface floats track ocean currents at a predetermined neutrally
buoyant depth. Since the float moves with the water mass that it is
tracking, this method is known as Lagrangian current measurement.
Various types of Langrangian floats exist (SOFAR, RAFOS, ALACE, etc.).

The World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) Subsurface Float Data
Assembly Center (WFDAC) compiles float data from the WOCE program as
well as historical float data. Most major historical float data sets
are already included in the WFDAC. The goal is to create a
consolidated float data set usable by scientists for statistical
studies and incorporation into ocean models.

[This summary was derived from the WFDAC web pages]
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Description: WOCE Project Home Page

Description: WOCE Subsurface Float Data Assembly Center at Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
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1.   N: 80.0   S: -80.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0  
Min Depth: 125 M Max Depth: 4050 M

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1972-01-01
Stop Date: 1997-12-31
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DRIFTING BUOYS Ancillary Description
Access Constraints WOCE float data are proprietary for two years after the float stops
working. After two years, the data are public.
Use Constraints If you use data from the WFDAC, please reference the Principal
Investigator of the data.
Data Set Progress
Data Center
WOCE Subsurface Float Assembly Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (508) 289-2722
Fax: (508) 457-2163
Email: cwooding at
Contact Address:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Physical Oceanography Dept., MS#29
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543-1050
Country: USA
Distribution Media: WWW
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-04-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-03-08

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