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Update Frequency: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2006-07-27
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The UK soil temperature data describes daily and hourly values of soil temperatures at depths of 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, and 100 centimetres. The measurements are recorded by observation stations across the UK and transmitted within NCM or DLY3208 messages. The data spans from 1900 to present.

Citable as:  Met Office (2006): MIDAS: UK Soil Temperature Data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, MIDAS, UK, meteorology, soil temperatures


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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 collated by the Met Office and archived in the Met Office's MIDAS database. Data are extracted from a sub-set of available tables and delivered to BADC approximately on a monthly basis as flat files.

Data Quality:
Data undergo quality checking by the Met Office. State of the data in the quality control process and level of data quality are indicated using version numbers and quality control flagging with the data. See documentation about how to use the quality control flagging and version numbers. There are also some known data from commissioning trials in the data, which are given a src_id of 99999. These should be ignored by the user.
File Format:
Data are ASCII formatted

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
Output Description None
  • long_name: 10 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 10 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 100 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 100 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 15 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 15 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 20 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 20 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 25 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 25 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 30 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 30 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 5 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 5 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: 50 cm Soil Temperature
  • names: 50 cm Soil Temperature
  • long_name: Soil Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Soil Temperature
  • names: Soil Temperature,
  • long_name: Soil Temperature Level 1
  • names: Soil Temperature Level 1
  • long_name: Soil Temperature Level 2
  • names: Soil Temperature Level 2
  • long_name: Soil Temperature Level 3
  • names: Soil Temperature Level 3
  • long_name: Soil Temperature Level 4
  • names: Soil Temperature Level 4

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