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Metadata Identifier: gov.noaa.ngdc.stp.ionosonde:G00004

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MD_DataIdentification

Count Component Title Abstract
1 Worldwide Hourly Values of Ionospheric Characteristics: foF2, M(3000)F2, hF2,FoF1, M(3000)F1, hF, FoE, hE, foE2, hE2, foEs, fbEs, fmI, and FxI The ionosphere is that part of the Earth's atmosphere that results mainly from the ionizing effect of Solar electromagnetic radiation. For poleware latitudes, the ionizing effect of incident energetic particles is also significant. Traditionally, the following ionospheric regions and their approximate height ranges have been designated: D region (60-90 km); E region (90-150 km); F1 region (150-250 km); and F2 region (above 250 km). Ionosondes utilize the radio wave-reflecting properties of the ionosphere. The product of the speed of light in a vacuum and half the elapsed time between vertical transmission of a single frequency electromagnetic wave and reception of the reflected wave at the transmitting location is defined as the virtual height of that frequency. A sweep-frequency ionogram is a plot of virtual height versus frequency and is recorded as nearly instantaneously as possible. These ionospheric data consists mainly of hourly values for at least one to a maximum of all of the following ionospheric characteristics (parameters). They are foF2, M(3000)F2, hF2, foF1, M(3000)F1, hF, foE, hE, foE2, hE2, foEs, fbEs, hEs, fmI, and fxI. The values are five byte (character) fields. The first three bytes of the field are reserved for a numeric value; the last two bytes are reserved for the qualifying and descriptive letter, if present. There are no decimals encoded in these data. Documentation is supplied with each data order. Data are archived on CDROM, optical disk, and magnetic tape. There are two CD-ROM's sold as a set. One contains 1957 - 1975 data; the other contains 1976-1990 data. The CDROM contains ASCII files and runs on DOS-compatible machines. A catalog, which lists the contents of the CDROM data set, is available via anonymous FTP.ngdc.noaa.gov and GOPHER.ngdc.noaa.gov in the /STP/IONOSPHERE/CATALOG directory. Additional data are available, but have not yet been put on CDROM. Data are also available on magnetic tape and IBM compatible diskette.
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SV_Identification

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CI_Citation

Count Component Title Date Citation Identifier
1 GCMD Data Center Keywords NASA/GCMD Data Center Keywords
    2015-03-01
    1995-04-24
1 NASA/GCMD Earth Science Keywords
    1 NASA/GCMD Location Keywords
      1 GCMD Project Keywords NASA/GCMD Project Keywords
        2015-03-01
        1995-04-24
      1 Uncontrolled Keywords
        1 Worldwide Hourly Values of Ionospheric Characteristics: foF2, M(3000)F2, hF2,FoF1, M(3000)F1, hF, FoE, hE, foE2, hE2, foEs, fbEs, fmI, and FxI
          1973-01-01
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        CI_Series

        Count Component Name Issue Identification Page
        1 Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) Working Document 'Working Document'
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        CI_ResponsibleParty

        Count Component Individual Organization Position Email Role Linkage
        2 GCMD Valids http://gcmd.nasa.gov/learn/keyword_list.html
        1 Anna Milan Anna Milan DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Metadata Specialist Anna.Milan@noaa.gov pointOfContact
        1 NCEI (publisher) DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce publisher
        1 DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce publisher
        1 DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce originator
        4 Justin Mabie Justin Mabie DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Space and Terrestrial Weather Specialist Justin.Mabie@noaa.gov pointOfContact
        2 GCMD User Support Office NASA GCMD User Support Office gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov publisher http://gcmd.nasa.gov/MailComments/MailComments.jsf?rcpt=gcmduso
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        CI_OnlineResource

        Count Component Linkage Name Description Function
        1 ftp://ftp.ngdc.noaa.gov/ionosonde/
        2 http://gcmd.nasa.gov/MailComments/MailComments.jsf?rcpt=gcmduso GCMD Feedback Form Have a Comment for the GCMD? information
        2 http://gcmd.nasa.gov/learn/keyword_list.html GCMD's Science Keywords and Associated Directory Keywords This page describes the NASA GCMD Keywords, how to reference those keywords and provides download instructions. information
        1 http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/stp/IONO/ionohome.html
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        MD_Identifier or RS_Identifier

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        EX_Extent

        Bounding Box Temporal Extent
        Count Component Description West East North South Start End
        1 -180.000000 180.000000 90.000000 -90.000000 1942-01-01
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        EX_GeographicBoundingBox

        Count Component West East North South
        1 -180.000000 180.000000 90.000000 -90.000000
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        EX_TemporalExtent

        Count Component Start End
        1 1942-01-01
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        MD_Format

        Count Component Name Version specification
        1 ASCII
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        MD_Medium

        Count Component Name mediumFormat mediumNote
        1 cdRom iso9660
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        MD_Constraints

        Count Component Use Limitation
        1 Disclaimer While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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        MD_ReferenceSystem

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        MD_GridSpatialRepresentation

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        MD_Georeferenceable or MI_Georeferenceable

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        MD_Georectified or MI_Georectified

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        MD_Dimension

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        MD_CoverageDescription or MI_CoverageDescription

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        MD_Band or MI_Band

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        MI_RangeElementDescription

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        MD_AggregateInformation

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        LE_Source or LI_Source

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        LE_ProcessStep or LI_ProcessStep

        Count Component DateTime Description
        1 2015-04-22T00:00:00 NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
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        MI_Operation

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        MI_Platform

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        MI_Instrument

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