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An Improved Exchange Format for WOCE Hydrographic Program Data Files

The original WHP formats for both CTD and bottle data have been a problem to produce. The descriptions are vague, leading to inconsistencies that have caused difficulties for both the WHPO and data users.

We have created a self-describing data exchange format, combining the most relevant information from the summary (*.SUM) files with the parameter names, units and values from the CTD and bottle files. The result is a single, sensible, comma separated value ASCII file for each data type that should alleviate the problems asscociated with reading the WOCE hydrographic data. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at