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 data       graph  M    public OSCAR Sea Surface Velocity, 1/3°, L4, Global, 1992-present, 5 Day Composite, Lon+/-180    ?   F   I   M   background (external link) RSS Subscribe ESR jplOscar_LonPM180

The Dataset's Variables and Attributes

Row Type Variable Name Attribute Name Data Type Value
attribute NC_GLOBAL cdm_data_type String Grid
attribute NC_GLOBAL company String Earth & Space Research, Seattle, WA
attribute NC_GLOBAL contact String Kathleen Dohan ( or John T. Gunn (
attribute NC_GLOBAL Conventions String COARDS, CF-1.6, ACDD-1.3
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_email String
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_name String K Dohan
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_type String person
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_url String (external link)
attribute NC_GLOBAL datasubtype String unfiltered
attribute NC_GLOBAL datatype String 1/72 YEAR Interval
attribute NC_GLOBAL defaultGraphQuery String &.draw=vectors
attribute NC_GLOBAL Easternmost_Easting double 179.66666666666666
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_max double 80.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_min double -80.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_resolution double 0.3333333333333333
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_units String degrees_north
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_max double 179.66666666666666
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_min double -180.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_resolution double 0.3333333333333333
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_units String degrees_east
attribute NC_GLOBAL history String Principal Investigator: Kathleen Dohan ( Co-Investigator: Gary Lagerloef (
attribute NC_GLOBAL infoUrl String (external link)
attribute NC_GLOBAL institution String ESR
attribute NC_GLOBAL keywords String all, currents, data, degree, depth, esr, global, L4, latitude, longitude, mask, maximum, meridional, ocean, oscar, present, sea, surface, third, third-deg, time, u, v, velocity, zonal
attribute NC_GLOBAL license String The data may be used and redistributed for free but is not intended
for legal use, since it may contain inaccuracies. Neither the data
Contributor, ERD, NOAA, nor the United States Government, nor any
of their employees or contractors, makes any warranty, express or
implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy,
completeness, or usefulness, of this information.
attribute NC_GLOBAL Northernmost_Northing double 80.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL references String Bonjean F. and G.S.E. Lagerloef, 2002 ,Diagnostic model and analysis of the surface currents in the tropical Pacific ocean, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 2,938-2,954
attribute NC_GLOBAL source String Gary Lagerloef, ESR ( and Kathleen Dohan, ESR (
attribute NC_GLOBAL sourceUrl String (external link)
attribute NC_GLOBAL Southernmost_Northing double -80.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL standard_name_vocabulary String CF Standard Name Table v29
attribute NC_GLOBAL summary String Ocean Surface Current Analyses Real-time (OSCAR) is a NASA funded research project and global surface current database. OSCAR global ocean surface mixed layer velocities are calculated from satellite-sensed sea surface height gradients, ocean vector winds, and sea surface temperature fields using geostrophy, Ekman, and thermal wind dynamics. OSCAR's continuing improvement depends on better modeling of the momentum transfer both within and across the boundaries of the turbulent mixed layer. A main research objective of the OSCAR project is to improve the generation of surface currents by ocean vector winds, and in doing so further our understanding of the mechanisms behind the transfer of momentum between the atmosphere and the ocean through the planetary boundary layer. Surface currents are provided on global grid every ~5 days, dating from 1992 to present day, with daily updates and near-real-time availability.
* Principal Investigator: Kathleen Dohan ( Co-Investigator: Gary Lagerloef (
* Maximum Mask velocity is the geostrophic component at all points + any concurrent Ekman and buoyancy components.
* Longitude extends from 20 E to 420 E to avoid a break in major ocean basins. Data repeats in overlap region.
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_end String 2017-01-16T00:00:00Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_start String 1992-10-21T00:00:00Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL title String OSCAR Sea Surface Velocity, 1/3°, L4, Global, 1992-present, 5 Day Composite, Lon+/-180
attribute NC_GLOBAL variable String Ocean Surface Currents
attribute NC_GLOBAL version float 2009.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL Westernmost_Easting double -180.0
dimension time   double nValues=1734, evenlySpaced=false, averageSpacing=5 days 2h 36m 13s
attribute time _CoordinateAxisType String Time
attribute time actual_range double 7.196256E8, 1.4845248E9
attribute time axis String T
attribute time ioos_category String Time
attribute time long_name String Day since 1992-10-05 00:00:00
attribute time standard_name String time
attribute time time_origin String 01-JAN-1970 00:00:00
attribute time units String seconds since 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
dimension depth   float nValues=1, onlyValue=15.0
attribute depth _CoordinateAxisType String Height
attribute depth _CoordinateZisPositive String down
attribute depth actual_range float 15.0, 15.0
attribute depth axis String Z
attribute depth ioos_category String Location
attribute depth long_name String Depth
attribute depth positive String down
attribute depth standard_name String depth
attribute depth units String m
dimension latitude   double nValues=481, evenlySpaced=true, averageSpacing=-0.3333333333333333
attribute latitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lat
attribute latitude actual_range double 80.0, -80.0
attribute latitude axis String Y
attribute latitude ioos_category String Location
attribute latitude long_name String Latitude
attribute latitude standard_name String latitude
attribute latitude units String degrees_north
dimension longitude   double nValues=1080, evenlySpaced=true, averageSpacing=0.3333333333333333
attribute longitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lon
attribute longitude actual_range double -180.0, 179.66666666666666
attribute longitude axis String X
attribute longitude ioos_category String Location
attribute longitude long_name String Longitude
attribute longitude standard_name String longitude
attribute longitude units String degrees_east
variable u   double time, depth, latitude, longitude
attribute u ioos_category String Currents
attribute u long_name String Ocean Surface Zonal Currents
attribute u missing_value double NaN
attribute u units String meter/sec
variable v   double time, depth, latitude, longitude
attribute v ioos_category String Currents
attribute v long_name String Ocean Surface Meridional Currents
attribute v missing_value double NaN
attribute v units String meter/sec
variable um   double time, depth, latitude, longitude
attribute um colorBarMaximum double 150.0
attribute um colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute um comment String Maximum Mask velocity is the geostrophic component at all points + any concurrent Ekman and buoyancy components.
attribute um ioos_category String Currents
attribute um long_name String Ocean Surface Zonal Currents Maximum Mask
attribute um missing_value double NaN
attribute um units String meter/sec
variable vm   double time, depth, latitude, longitude
attribute vm colorBarMaximum double 150.0
attribute vm colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute vm comment String Maximum Mask velocity is the geostrophic component at all points + any concurrent Ekman and buoyancy components.
attribute vm ioos_category String Currents
attribute vm long_name String Ocean Surface Meridional Currents Maximum Mask
attribute vm missing_value double NaN
attribute vm units String meter/sec

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