Relevant U.S. coastal observations must be submitted in near real time to the World Meteorological Organization Global Telecommunications System (WMO GTS).
- All real-time stations or platforms must be assigned a WMO ID by the NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
- Land-based fixed stations require a National Weather Service (NWS) ID assigned by NDBC.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the NDBC contact information.
- IOOS Data Providers must publish datasets in ERDDAP, following dataset attribution requirements described in the IOOS Metadata Profile.
Required information for an ID:
- Station name
- Platform type (moored buoy, drifting buoy, float, glider, etc.)
- Owner (institution)
- Location (latitude & longitude)
- List of variables and data frequency
The NDBC harvests data from IOOS Regional Association ERDDAP servers as central access points for nonfederal IOOS partner data. In order to allow NDBC to query and filter the correct subset of datasets in an ERDDAP server and process them consistently and predictably, data providers must ensure the dataset attribution requirements described in the IOOS Metadata Profile are met. The IOOS Metadata Profile also provides a full list of variables that NDBC accepts, and that NDBC delivers to the GTS.
The World Meteorological Organization Global Telecommunications System (WMO GTS) disseminates data in near-real-time to operational weather and ocean forecasting centers, and enables global distribution of real-time data. U.S. IOOS is committed to ensuring that all relevant U.S. coastal observations will be contributed in near real time to the global GTS network.
In 2017 IOOS began a transition from the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) and Sensor Observation Service (SOS) suite of standards to the ERDDAP data server as the basis for most in situ data dissemination. ERDDAP will also serve as the source for dissemination of data to NDBC and the GTS. In 2022 IOOS will complete the full transition to ERDDAP.