E&E - UBWOS 2012 Data Format

ICARTT file Format

The preferable format for submitting data files to UBWOS is the ICARTT format. Please note that this format now specifies that the data is comma-delimited, not space-delimited. NASA maintains the complete documentation for the ICARTT format. For users of the application Igor, there are software tools available including GeneralMacros.ipf, and IcarttFormat.ipf that help with creating and loading ICARTT files.

ICARTT data file names are defined as dataID_locationID_YYYYMMDD_R#.ict
dataID is the species measured or the instrument (contact the Data Manager for dataIDs).
locationID is UBWOS (case_sensitive).
YYYYMMDD indicates date of the beginning of the measurement.
R# indicates revision number. Preliminary data uses letters, starting with A. Final data uses numbers starting with 0.


Time values are reported in local time (MST) as seconds after midnight from the date given in the file name. Please use the column name StartTime_1min_MST for all one minute averaged data. The timestamp is the beginning of the 1 minute averaging period.

Submitting data to the website

Please put ICARTT files on the UBWOS ftp site:
ftp.al.noaa.gov and use the UBWOS login. The files will then be put onto this website and made available for downloading along with the Igor binary files.