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The Dataset's Variables and Attributes

Row Type Variable Name Attribute Name Data Type Value
attribute NC_GLOBAL cdm_data_type String Trajectory
attribute NC_GLOBAL cdm_trajectory_variables String cruise_id
attribute NC_GLOBAL Conventions String COARDS, CF-1.6, ACDD-1.3
attribute NC_GLOBAL Easternmost_Easting double -123.44
attribute NC_GLOBAL featureType String Trajectory
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_max double 44.65
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_min double 38.29
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_units String degrees_north
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_max double -123.44
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_min double -126.19
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_units String degrees_east
attribute NC_GLOBAL id String Globec_vpt
attribute NC_GLOBAL infoUrl String (external link)
attribute NC_GLOBAL institution String GLOBEC
attribute NC_GLOBAL keywords String abundance, animals, aquatic, area, bathymetry, below, biological, biology, biosphere, cast, classification, coastal, code, comments, counted, counter, cruise, data, day, day/night, depth, Earth Science > Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Fish, Earth Science > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Coastal Habitat, Earth Science > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Marine Habitat, Earth Science > Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries, Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry, ecosystems, filtered, fish, fisheries, flag, floor, gear, genus, globec, habitat, identifier, level, life, local, marine, maximum, mesh, minimum, mouth, nep, net, night, noaa, nodc, number, oceans, percent, plankton, program, sample, sciences, sea, sea_floor_depth_below_sea_level, seafloor, seawater, size, species, stage, station, taxonomy, time, topography, tow, type, vertebrates, vertical, volume, vpt, water, within
attribute NC_GLOBAL keywords_vocabulary String GCMD Science Keywords
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 naming_authority String gov.noaa.pfeg.coastwatch
attribute NC_GLOBAL Northernmost_Northing double 44.65
attribute NC_GLOBAL sourceUrl String (local files; contact
attribute NC_GLOBAL Southernmost_Northing double 38.29
attribute NC_GLOBAL standard_name_vocabulary String CF Standard Name Table v55
attribute NC_GLOBAL subsetVariables String cruise_id, station_id, longitude, latitude, time, cast_no, counter_id, d_n_flag, gear_area, gear_mesh, gear_type, genus_species, life_stage, local_code, nodc_code, program, sample_id
attribute NC_GLOBAL summary String GLOBEC (GLOBal Ocean ECosystems Dynamics) NEP (Northeast Pacific)
California Current Program
Vertical Plankton Tow (VPT) Data

For more information, see

All inquiries about this data should be directed to Dr. William Peterson (
Inquiries about how to access this data should be directed to Dr. Hal Batchelder (
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_end String 2001-11-08T01:35:00Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_start String 1997-11-15T22:10:00Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL title String GLOBEC NEP Vertical Plankton Tow (VPT) Data, 1997-2001
attribute NC_GLOBAL Westernmost_Easting double -126.19
variable cruise_id   String  
attribute cruise_id cf_role String trajectory_id
attribute cruise_id ioos_category String Identifier
attribute cruise_id long_name String Cruise ID
variable longitude   float  
attribute longitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lon
attribute longitude _FillValue float NaN
attribute longitude actual_range float -126.19, -123.44
attribute longitude axis String X
attribute longitude ioos_category String Location
attribute longitude long_name String Longitude
attribute longitude missing_value float NaN
attribute longitude standard_name String longitude
attribute longitude units String degrees_east
variable latitude   float  
attribute latitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lat
attribute latitude _FillValue float NaN
attribute latitude actual_range float 38.29, 44.65
attribute latitude axis String Y
attribute latitude ioos_category String Location
attribute latitude long_name String Latitude
attribute latitude missing_value float NaN
attribute latitude standard_name String latitude
attribute latitude units String degrees_north
variable time   double  
attribute time _CoordinateAxisType String Time
attribute time actual_range double 8.796318E8, 1.0051833E9
attribute time axis String T
attribute time colorBarMaximum double 1.0099296E9
attribute time colorBarMinimum double 8.520768E8
attribute time ioos_category String Time
attribute time long_name String Time
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
variable cast_no   byte  
attribute cast_no _FillValue byte 127
attribute cast_no actual_range byte 1, 72
attribute cast_no colorBarMaximum double 75.0
attribute cast_no colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute cast_no ioos_category String Identifier
attribute cast_no long_name String Cast Number Within the Cruise
attribute cast_no missing_value byte 127
variable station_id   String  
attribute station_id ioos_category String Identifier
attribute station_id long_name String Station ID
variable abund_m3   float  
attribute abund_m3 _FillValue float -9999999.0
attribute abund_m3 actual_range float 0.01, 13007.89
attribute abund_m3 colorBarMaximum double 15000.0
attribute abund_m3 colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute abund_m3 comment String Density [individuals per m3]
attribute abund_m3 ioos_category String Other
attribute abund_m3 long_name String Abundance
attribute abund_m3 missing_value float -9999999.0
attribute abund_m3 units String count m-3
variable comments   String  
attribute comments comment String Misc. comments pertaining to sample
attribute comments ioos_category String Other
attribute comments long_name String Comments
variable counter_id   String  
attribute counter_id comment String Initials of Plankton Taxonomist
attribute counter_id ioos_category String Identifier
attribute counter_id long_name String Counter ID
variable d_n_flag   String  
attribute d_n_flag ioos_category String Other
attribute d_n_flag long_name String Day/Night Flag
variable gear_area   float  
attribute gear_area _FillValue float -9999999.0
attribute gear_area actual_range float 0.19635, 0.19635
attribute gear_area colorBarMaximum double 1.0
attribute gear_area colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute gear_area ioos_category String Other
attribute gear_area long_name String Mouth Area of Net
attribute gear_area missing_value float -9999999.0
attribute gear_area units String m2
variable gear_mesh   float  
attribute gear_mesh _FillValue float -9999999.0
attribute gear_mesh actual_range float 0.202, 0.202
attribute gear_mesh colorBarMaximum double 1.0
attribute gear_mesh colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute gear_mesh ioos_category String Other
attribute gear_mesh long_name String Net's Mesh Size
attribute gear_mesh missing_value float -9999999.0
attribute gear_mesh units String mm
variable gear_type   String  
attribute gear_type ioos_category String Other
attribute gear_type long_name String Gear Type
variable genus_species   String  
attribute genus_species ioos_category String Taxonomy
attribute genus_species long_name String Genus Species
variable life_stage   String  
attribute life_stage comment String most are self explanatory; Male, Female, CV ==> Copepodite 5, Zoea, Nauplii, N2 => Nauplius 2, Egg--a few are not, esp. for the euphausiids (Thysanoessa and Euphausia)

Life Stage Info Codes Description
(partial listing)
------------------------ -------------------------------------------------
F2 Second Stage Furcilia (aka Furcilia 2)
F3 Third Stage Furcilia (aka Furcilia 3)
F1_0 First Stage Furcilia with 0 legs
F2_32 or Furcilia_2_3L2S Second Stage Furcilia with 3 pairs of legs total,
with 2 pairs of legs having setae;
this xLyS pattern is common, with x and y varying
depending on stage of development
attribute life_stage ioos_category String Biology
attribute life_stage long_name String Life Stage
variable local_code   String  
attribute local_code comment String NODC taxonomic code modified for local use
attribute local_code ioos_category String Identifier
attribute local_code long_name String Local Code
variable max_sample_depth   short  
attribute max_sample_depth _FillValue short 32767
attribute max_sample_depth actual_range short 25, 200
attribute max_sample_depth colorBarMaximum double 200.0
attribute max_sample_depth colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute max_sample_depth comment String Maximum depth of vertical tow [meters]; estimated from wire out and wire angle
attribute max_sample_depth ioos_category String Location
attribute max_sample_depth long_name String Maximum Sample Depth
attribute max_sample_depth missing_value short 32767
attribute max_sample_depth units String m
variable min_sample_depth   short  
attribute min_sample_depth _FillValue short 32767
attribute min_sample_depth actual_range short 0, 0
attribute min_sample_depth colorBarMaximum double 10.0
attribute min_sample_depth colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute min_sample_depth comment String Always "0" for vertical tows
attribute min_sample_depth ioos_category String Location
attribute min_sample_depth long_name String Minimum Sample Depth
attribute min_sample_depth missing_value short 32767
attribute min_sample_depth units String m
variable nodc_code   String  
attribute nodc_code comment String Standard NODC taxonomic code
attribute nodc_code ioos_category String Other
attribute nodc_code long_name String NODC Code
variable perc_counted   float  
attribute perc_counted _FillValue float -9999999.0
attribute perc_counted actual_range float 0.11, 102.19
attribute perc_counted colorBarMaximum double 100.0
attribute perc_counted colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute perc_counted comment String Percentage of sample evaluated for this taxon [0-100%]
attribute perc_counted ioos_category String Other
attribute perc_counted long_name String Percent Counted
attribute perc_counted missing_value float -9999999.0
attribute perc_counted units String percent
variable program   String  
attribute program comment String Program Codes Description
------------- ----------------------------------------------------
LTOP samples collected on Long-term Observation
Program Cruises (ca. 4-6 cruises per year;
all sample the Newport Hydrographic (NH) Line;
some sample other standard lines further south)
NH more frequent, small vessel, nearshore sampling of
Newport Hydrographic Line
MESO_1 samples collected from process cruise in June 2000
MESO_2 samples collected from process cruise in August 2000
attribute program ioos_category String Identifier
attribute program long_name String Program
variable sample_id   byte  
attribute sample_id _FillValue byte 127
attribute sample_id actual_range byte 1, 1
attribute sample_id colorBarMaximum double 8.0
attribute sample_id colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute sample_id comment String Always "1" for VPT casts, which have a single net only
attribute sample_id ioos_category String Identifier
attribute sample_id long_name String Sample ID (Net Number)
attribute sample_id missing_value byte 127
variable vol_filt   float  
attribute vol_filt _FillValue float -9999999.0
attribute vol_filt actual_range float 2.25, 108.1888
attribute vol_filt colorBarMaximum double 120.0
attribute vol_filt colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute vol_filt ioos_category String Other
attribute vol_filt long_name String Volume Filtered
attribute vol_filt missing_value float -9999999.0
attribute vol_filt units String m3
variable water_depth   short  
attribute water_depth _FillValue short 32767
attribute water_depth actual_range short 30, 3400
attribute water_depth colorBarMaximum double 3500.0
attribute water_depth colorBarMinimum double 0.0
attribute water_depth ioos_category String Location
attribute water_depth long_name String Water Depth
attribute water_depth missing_value short 32767
attribute water_depth standard_name String sea_floor_depth_below_sea_level
attribute water_depth units String m

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