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Code Tables Necessary to Use the World Ocean Database Data
Each file name starts with one of the letters, denoting the type of code table followed by the code table number within that type and a brief descriptive name for the code table, except Primary Investigator and Country Code lists. You may download an ascii (txt) or pdf versions of the tables.

Code Table Key
  • Primary investigator list: txt,   (0.73 MB)
  • Country list: txt,   (0.01 MB)
  • Depth dependent variables list: txt,   (0.01 MB)
  • Quality Control Flags: txt,   (0.01 MB)
  • WOD Datasets list: txt,   (0.01 MB)

Second header code tables Top
s_1_accession txt,     (1.20 MB)
s_2_project txt,     (0.03 MB)
s_3_platform txt,     (0.37 MB)
s_4_institute txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_5_cast/tow_number n/a
s_6_station_number n/a
s_7_orig_station_number n/a
s_8_depth_precision n/a
s_9_weather_station txt,     (0.03 MB)
s_10_bottom_depth n/a
s_11_cast_duration n/a
s_12_cast_direction txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_13_high_resolution_pairs n/a
s_14_water_color txt,     (0.02 MB)
s_15_water_transparency n/a
s_16_wave_direction txt,     (0.03 MB)
s_17_wave_height txt,     (0.02 MB)
s_18_sea_state txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_19_wind_force txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_20_wave_period txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_21_wind_direction txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_22_wind_speed n/a
s_23_barometric_pressure n/a
s_24_dry_bulb_temperature n/a
s_25_wet_bulb_temperature n/a
s_26_weather_condition txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_27_cloud_type txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_28_cloud_cover txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_29_probe_type txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_30_calibration_depth n/a
s_31_calibration_temperature n/a
s_32_recorder txt,     (0.02 MB)
s_33_depth_correction n/a
s_34_bottom_hit n/a
s_35_digitization_method txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_36_digitization_interval txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_37_data_storage txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_38_trace_correction n/a
s_39_temperature_correction n/a
s_40_ref_instrument txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_41_visibility txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_45_absolute_humidity n/a
s_46_reference/sea_surface_temperature n/a
s_47_sea_surface_salinity n/a
s_48_year_probe_was_manufactured n/a
s_49_ship_speed_when_probe_was_dropped n/a
s_54_needs_depth_fix txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_71_real_time n/a
s_74_ocean_vehicle txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_77_xCO2_atmospheric n/a
s_84_argos_fix txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_85_argos_time_from_last_fix n/a
s_86_argos_time_to_next_fix n/a
s_87_height_xbt_launch n/a
s_88_sea_surface_sensor_depth n/a
s_91_database_id txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_92_ukho_ref txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_93_consecutive_prof_tow_segment n/a
s_94_wmo_code_id n/a
s_95_depth_unit txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_96_origflagset txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_97_sampler txt,     (0.01 MB)
s_98_argos_id_number n/a
s_99_time_stamp n/a
Variable specific code tables Top
v_1_accession txt,     (1.20 MB)
v_2_project txt,     (0.01 MB)
v_3_scale txt,     (0.01 MB)
v_4_institute txt,     (0.03 MB)
v_5_instrument txt,     (0.06 MB)
v_6_methods txt,     (0.04 MB)
v_8_orig_units txt,     (0.02 MB)
v_10_equilibrator_type txt,     (0.01 MB)
v_11_filter_type_and_size txt,     (0.02 MB)
v_12_incubation_time txt,     (0.01 MB)
v_13_co2_sea_warming n/a
v_15_analysis_temperature n/a
v_16_uncalibrated n/a
v_17_contains_nitrite n/a
v_18_normal_sea_water_batch n/a
v_19_adjustment n/a
Biological code tables Top
b_1_water_volume_filtered n/a
b_2_sampling_duration n/a
b_3_mesh_size n/a
b_4_type_tow txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_5_large_removed_volume n/a
b_6_large_removed txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_7_gear_and_flowmeter txt,     (0.05 MB)
b_8_sampler_volume n/a
b_9_net_mouth_area n/a
b_10_preservation_method txt,     (0.02 MB)
b_11_weight_method txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_12_large_removed_length n/a
b_13_count_method txt,     (0.02 MB)
b_14_tow_distance n/a
b_15_average_tow_speed n/a
b_16_sampling_start_time n/a
b_18_flowmeter_type n/a
b_19_flowmeter_calibration txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_20_counting_institute see institute code
b_21_voucher_institute see institute code
b_22_wire_angle_start n/a
b_23_wire_angle_end n/a
b_24_depth_determined txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_25_volume_method txt,     (0.01 MB)
b_30_accession txt,     (1.20 MB)
Taxa specific code tables Top
t_1_taxa_list txt,     (1.50 MB)
t_2_upper_depth n/a
t_3_lower_depth n/a
t_4_biomass_value n/a
t_5_taxon_lifestage txt,     (0.03 MB)
t_6_taxon_sex txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_7_taxon_presence_abundance txt,     (0.03 MB)
t_8_taxon_trophic_level txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_9_taxon_realm txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_10_taxon_count n/a
t_11_sample_specific_volume n/a
t_12_taxon_volume n/a
t_13_taxon_wet_weight n/a
t_14_taxon_dry_weight n/a
t_15_taxon_ash_free_weight n/a
t_16_taxon_feature txt,     (0.02 MB)
t_17_taxon_modifier txt,     (0.02 MB)
t_18_size_min txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_19_size_max txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_20_units txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_21_taxon_radius n/a
t_22_taxon_length n/a
t_23_taxon_width n/a
t_25_taxon_carbon_content n/a
t_26_count_method txt,     (0.02 MB)
t_27_cbv_value txt,     (0.01 MB)
t_28_cbv_calculation_method txt,     (0.02 MB)
t_30_biologial_group txt,     (0.01 MB)