A collaborative data stewardship effort involving the Earth Observing Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University is underway to: (1) Identify past field programs (e.g., ATEX, BOMEX, GATE, MONEX, and others) for which central collections of sounding data do not exist, (2) Track down existing holdings of sounding data for those field programs, to the extent they exist, at centers, laboratories, and universities, (3) Extract sounding data that are found on old storage media (i.e., 9-track tapes, printouts, etc.), and place into a consistent, common digital format, (4) Carry out standard quality control of the sounding data including objective gross limit and vertical consistency checks, and (5) Prepare a catalog and a central, publicly accessible archive of the sounding data (probably at NCAR and/or NCDC).
This project will require reaching out to the international community to locate and acquire data from a variety of sources. This will be accomplished with the use of surveys, questionnaires, personal contacts, e-mails, announcements at various conferences and meetings as well as collaborating with various Data Centers. When the project is completed, the community will be informed of these sounding data availability and access procedures through a common web site.