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Accessing CDIP Data: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I obtain your most recent data automatically?

  2. The recommended access to CDIP's directional buoy datasets is via our THREDDS server:
          http://thredds.cdip.ucsd.edu/
          CDIP THREDDS data access documentation

    Note that the THREDDS server does not hold data from CDIP's non-buoy stations. The only currently active non-buoy station is the pressure sensor at Scripps Pier, but historically CDIP has operated many non-buoy stations.

    Another easy way to obtain our data automatically is to scrape one of our data access URLs. A number of useful scripts are maintained on the CDIP site for this purpose. For example, the command to obtain our latest parameter file data for station 029 using the lynx web browser is:

    lynx -dump http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/justdar.cdip?029+pm

    The most powerful access script that can be invoked is justdar.cdip, as in the address above. It allows access to all CDIP data types - sp, pm, xy, de, etc. - over any specified time period. For more details, try the help option:
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/justdar.cdip?help

    Data from the newest sensor used by CDIP, the Datawell DWR4/ACM buoy, are not available using justdar. Instead, they can be accessed via the THREDDS server mentioned above, or by using the ndar script:
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/ndar.cdip?help
    The ndar script provides access to all data from Datawell Waverider buoys, as found on the THREDDS server.

    Other useful scripts include synopsis.cdip, synopsis_pm.cdip and synopsis_9band.cdip, which provide a parameter summaries and a 9-band summary of all stations' latest data. (The difference between synopsis.cdip and synopsis_pm.cdip is that the first script returns 9-band Tp and Dp values, while the second script gives full-spectrum Tp and Dp values.
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/synopsis.cdip
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/synopsis_pm.cdip
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/synopsis_9band.cdip


    A script designed for SCCOOS includes the same values as synopsis.cdip above, but they are arranged in an easily parsed, tab-delimited format that includes the stations' current locations and depths.
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/sccoos.cdip
    For details of the formatting, try the help option:
          http://cdip.ucsd.edu/data_access/sccoos.cdip?help

  3. Do you have a mobile site or pages I can view on my phone, PDA, etc?

  4. CDIP's mobile site is now online here.
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