The data can be downloaded in either an ASCII format or a shapefile
compatible with GIS software (ArcGIS). The data are for all available depths
for the requested variable for the given geographic area.
ASCII format: A comma separated value (csv) format. The first and second
line are informational lines (first character "#").
Line 1 states whether this is WOA05 (1-degree) or 1/4 degree
(Boyer et. al. 2005) data, the type of field, the requested variable, and the
time period (ANNUAL, or given season or month).
Line 2 gives the standard depth level for each comma separated
calculated value for the variable given on line 1.
Lines 3 through the end of the file: The latitude and longitude
of the center of the geographic box represented by the values,
and the calculated variable values at each given standard depth
found in line 2.
ArcGIS: This consists of 3 files necessary for utilizing shapefiles.
The 3 files are compressed and combined in a tar file. When untar'ed
and uncompressed the files can be entered into GIS software.
Use Step-by-step instructions for uploading
shape files in to ArcMap software.
We would like to thank Betsy Schenck-Gardner of the National
Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) for providing us with the
initial routines for creating shapefiles.