Diaz, H. F., C. Folland, T. Manabe, D. Parker, R. Reynolds, and S. Woodruff, 2002: Workshop on advances in the use of historical marine climate data. WMO Bull., 51, 377-380.


This workshop was held at the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 29 January-1 February 2002. It was organized by NOAA, the UK Met Office and the Japan Meteorological Agency and was sponsored by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and WMO.

The overall intention was to build on the recent blend of the US Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (COADS) with the Met Office Marine Data Bank and several million newly digitized data. This blend provides the climate research community with an unprecedented assembly of in situ marine data. There have been major improvements in data availability up to the mid-20th century. The new observational archive has been named the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (I-COADS).