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The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies is internationally known for providing innovative data products. Our goal is to provide data products that are useful for both operational and research activities. In addition we strive to provide well documented and quality evaluated data and products, adding value to their use for a wide range of climate applications.
One mission of the Florida Climate Center is to provide climate data for government agencies, private businesses, and citizens of the state of Florida. Typical data requests are for historical observations, climate normals, or observing station summaries. In addition, the climate center will conduct special analyses that are tailored to an individual's need. Minor requests will be filled at no charge, but a fee will be assessed for more extensive and time-consuming request.
COAPS provides a wide range of climate and ocean products using the Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS link also provides a resource for those interested in GIS training and open source software.
The COAPS data center provides a wide range of products focusing on the atmosphere-ocean interface. The FSU winds and flux products provide a set of ocean surface forcing fields which are well suited to aid in understanding the global climate system. Our long-term monthly fields are well suited for seasonal to decadal studies, and our related hybrid satellite and numerical weather prediction (NWP) fields are ideal for daily to annual variability and quality assessment of the monthly products. Additional wind and stress products are available from several recent scatterometer missions. An array of quality evaluated meteorological observations from research vessels are available from the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere - Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA/COARE), World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), Shipboard Automated Meteorological and Oceanographic System (SAMOS) initiative. Additional research vessel data are available, including some preliminary data from CLIVAR hydrographic cruises.
The HYCOM data server provides easy and fast access to near real-time HYCOM-based 1/12° Atlantic Ocean prediction system output. The system provides nowcast and forecasts within a day after the outputs become available, typically once a week on Monday. The data can be accessed using tools such as the Open Project for Network Data Access Protocol clients (OPeNDAP) the Live Access Server (LAS) and FTP.