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Met Office Aberporth Radiosonde Data for comparison with the NERC MST Radar

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2000-04-10
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2012-09-28
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 99 Files | 34MB


Radiosonde data from balloon flights from the Aberporth airfield made available for comparison with data from Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility, Capel Dewi, near Aberystwyth in West Wales. Data are ASCII formatted, containing height in km, wind speed and direction, temperature and dew-point temperature. A more complete set of high resolution radiosonde data are available in the Met Office High Resolution Radiosonde dataset.

Citable as:  Met Office (2012): Met Office Aberporth Radiosonde Data for comparison with the NERC MST Radar. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, Aberporth, radiosonde, temperature, humidity, MST


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Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the REQUEST ACCESS link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data are acquired by the MST radar facility and sent to the BADC within an hour of acquisition. Data are then immediately ingested into the BADC archives.

Data Quality:
The MST radar data quality is described by D. A. Hooper, J. Nash, T. Oakley, and M. Turp. Validation of a new signal processing scheme for the MST radar at Aberystwyth. Ann. Geophys., 26(11):3253-3268, 2008. (available from here
File Format:
Data are stored in ASCII formatted files

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Met Office Radiosondes Deployed on: RAF Aberporth
Output Description


  • long_name: Atmospheric Stability
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Stability
  • names:, Atmospheric Stability
  • long_name: Spectral Width
  • names: Spectral Width
  • long_name: Surface Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Surface Winds
  • names:, Surface Winds
  • long_name: Tropopause
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Altitude > Tropopause
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Altitude > Tropopause,
  • long_name: Turbulence
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Turbulence
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Turbulence
  • long_name: U Zonal Windspeed
  • names: U Zonal Windspeed
  • long_name: Upper Level Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Upper Level Winds
  • names:, Upper Level Winds
  • long_name: V Meridional Windspeed
  • names: V Meridional Windspeed
  • long_name: Vertical Wind Motion
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Vertical Wind Motion
  • names:, Vertical Wind Motion
  • long_name: Vertical Windspeed
  • names: Vertical Windspeed
  • long_name: Wind Direction
  • names: Wind Direction
  • long_name: Windspeed
  • names: Windspeed

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