What's New

August 2010:

NDBC made TAO Refresh Data publicly available. Mooring and sensor specifications can be found under TAO Information link. For distribution of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) Refresh Buoy Data via GTS, click to view.

May 2008:

NDBC CTD Cast Data collected during TAO cruises are now available to download.

June 2007:

NDBC released a major upgrade of the TAO web site. The web pages differ from its predecessor in layout and access while providing real-time database driven contents to the public. NDBC hopes the upgrade provides quicker and easier means of providing quality controlled data to the public with the following features overhauled and redesigned:
  1. TAO Array Daily Status Graphics
  2. T he daily status graphics are automatically generated according to the data received in real-time and rendered on top of the web page in mornings.
  3. Drill-down Navigation for Data Exploration
  4. U sers can explore a site by clicking on the array status graphics. The active primary deployment page will show deployment metadata, sensor status, and sensor data. This web page will also display links to historical deployments and active co-located deployments.
  5. New Site Data Plots
  6. On selected site, data plots are rendered for all configured sensors with a selectable time range. For each sensor, plots with different time ranges are available when the mouse is placed over desired small image icons. For data comparison purposes, users may select up to four different sites to plot each site's corresponding sensor data. The plots can be grouped by measurement types or by sites with desired time ranges.
  7. Latitude vs. Longitude Plots
  8. New Lat-Lon 5-day/Monthly plots are available with the same new look and feel as the site data plots.
  9. Depth Section Plots
  10. New Depth Section 5-day/Monthly plots are available with the same new look and feel as the site data plots.
  11. Time Section Plots
  12. New Time Section 5-day/Monthly plots are available with the same new look and feel as the site data plots.
  13. Data Assembly Center Management System
  14. Although not visible to the public, the NDBC Data Assembly Center (DAC) Management System is used by data analysts to support the quality control of the TAO data on a 24 by 7 basis. The dynamic web pages and data contents are generated from the underlying databases in the system.


May 2007:

NDBC deployed a TAO Refresh buoy at one of PIRATA sites under WMO id 41042.