High-resolution Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR) data from DART(R) station 46402_2006
20060816 to 20061122
The Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART(R)) is an ongoing, multi-agency
cooperative effort to maintain and improve the capability for the early detection
and real-time reporting of tsunamis in the open ocean. The DART(R) network is an essential
component in the provision of timely warnings to U.S. coastal communities. DART(R)
data support the NOAA Tsunami Program observation requirements for Tsunami Offshore
Real-Time and Post-event observations, as well as Global Water Level Observations.
Each DART(R) system consists of an anchored seafloor Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR)
acoustically coupled to a moored surface buoy. Iridium transceivers and the acoustic
modems provide real-time communication between each DART(R) system and the Tsunami
Warning Centers (TWC) in Ewa Beach, Hawai`i and Palmer, Alaska. Additionally they
provide limited communications from the TWC to the BPR. DART(R) BPR packages are deployable
for 48 months at depths up to 6000 meters and are typically on a 24-month service
schedule. The BPR is recovered by sending a signal to trigger an acoustic release
causing it to mechanically separate from the anchor. Flotation brings the unit to
the surface, leaving the anchor on the seafloor. Meinig, et. al. (2005) provides a
description of DART(R) and its performance characteristics.
Cite this dataset when used as a source.
|Search and Download
|| Distributor information not available
|| No point of contact available for this dataset
Documentation links not available.
- DOC/NOAA/NWS/NDBC > National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S.
Department of Commerce
Publisher information not available.
|Dataset Progress Status
|Data Update Frequency:
|| Not planned
||DART(R) stations are sited to provide in-situ tsunami detection and water-level observations
for NOAA's tsunami forecast, warning, and mitigation responsibilities.
||2006-08-16T213500 to 2006-11-22T105730
|Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
|Spatial Coverage Map:
- Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Tidal Height
- Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Waves > Tsunamis
- Earth Science > Oceans > Tides > Tidal Height
| Use Constraints
|| No constraint information available
IOS Tidal Package
- Description of Source: Source Contribution: The IOS Tidal Package is a set of programs, manuals, and test
data for analysing and predicting tidal elevation and/or current time series. Source
- Temporal extent used:
|| Lineage statement not available.
| Processing Steps
- Binary data file is received for long-term archive.
- DART data is edited using Foreman's Tidal Analysis Code.
- Mission Start Date
- The tsunameter technology and operational responsibility for the Pacific network were
transitioned from NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) to NOAA's
National Data Buoy Center (NDBC).
| Processing Environment
||Native Dataset Environment: Raw flash card bpr data is stored as 15-sec frequency
counts of pressure and temperature. Data should be converted to engineering units
to be most useful. BPR Plotting packages have been developed to perform this conversion.
These packages are available from NCEI or PMEL.
Metadata Last Modified: 2015-08-19
For questions about the information on this page, please email: