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Valentia Magnetic Observatory

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:Irish Meteorological Service
Publication_Date:1888
Title:
Valentia Magnetic Observatory
Online_Linkage:http://www.met.ie/
Description:
Abstract:
Magnetic records for Valentia Observatory extend back to 1888. The Observatory is located at the southwestern extreme of the island of Ireland, on the Iveragh peninsula, approximately 1 km southwest of the town of Cahirsiveen. Variometer records began on 1st January 1954, when a set of La Cour H, D, Z variometers, together with a La Cour normal (15mm/hr) recorder first became operational at Valentia. These units served as the Observatory primary system until they were replaced by a digital magnetometer on 1st January 1989 after which they were used as a back-up system until 30th September 1993. In December 1955 a second set of La Cour H, D, Z variometers with a La Cour (180mm/hr) was installed and recorded continuously from 1st January 1956 until it was discontinued in May 1991. On 1st January 1989 an EDA FM105B tri-axial fluxgate magnetometer was introduced as the primary observatory variometer. From 1st Oct 1993 a second EDA FM105B tri-axial fluxgate magnetometer went into operation as a back-up system. Both instruments have a nominal output of 10 mV/nT and a dynamic range of +/- 1000 nT, and have been used at the Observatory until present. The variometer hut and recording system are described in [1]. On 1st May 2004 the observatory variometer house (VH1) was removed form the operational program in advance of its refurbishment in 2005. This process started on 4th Feb 2004 when the primary EDA FM105B tri-axial fluxgate magnetometer (FG1), datalogger and heating control systems were moved to an alternative variometer house (VH2) located on the observatory grounds. The secondary EDA FM105B tri-axial fluxgate magnetometer (FG2) remained in VH1 and was used as the main operational unit from 4th Feb 2004 until 1st May 2004. On 1st May 2004 FG1 returned to the role of main operational variometer. FG2 remained operating in VH1 for comparison until refurbishment started in 2005. FG1 remained in VH2 for the whole of 2005 and was used as the main operational variometer throughout this period. Senior meteorological officers on a roster basis make baseline observations once a week. Adopted baselines are determined once a month.
Purpose:
To provide ground-based, calibrated values of the Earth's magnetic field at a specific location for scientific research and practical applications.
Supplemental_Information:
Elevation: 14 meters
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date:1888
Ending_Date:Present
Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Status:
Progress:In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:Irregular
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate:-10.25
East_Bounding_Coordinate:-10.25
North_Bounding_Coordinate:51.94
South_Bounding_Coordinate:51.94
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:NASA/GCMD Earth Science Keywords
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Geomagnetic Indices
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Declination
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Field
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Inclination
Theme_Keyword:Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Intensity
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword:geoscientificInformation
Theme_Keyword:intelligenceMilitary
Theme_Keyword:utilitiesCommunication
Theme_Keyword:climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:INTERMAGNET
Theme_Keyword:Magnetic Observatory Definitive Data
Access_Constraints:None
Use_Constraints:
None
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:Valentia Observatory
Contact_Person:Eoin Moran
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing
Address:
Contact institute
Address:
Contact institute
City:Cahirsiveen
State_or_Province:Co. Kerry
Postal_Code:00000
Country:Ireland
Contact_Voice_Telephone:+353 66 9473463
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone:+353 66 9472442
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:eoin.moran@metvalentia.ie
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Data from the Valentia Magnetic Observatory Magnetic Observatory met the requirements for being an INTERMAGNET Magnetic Observatory (IMO), and as such met the specifications listed in the INTERMAGNET Technical Manual (http://www.intermagnet.org//im_manual.pdf)
Quantitative_Attribute_Accuracy_Assessment:
Attribute_Accuracy_Value:+-1000 nT
Attribute_Accuracy_Explanation:
Dynamic Range
Quantitative_Attribute_Accuracy_Assessment:
Attribute_Accuracy_Value:0.4nT
Attribute_Accuracy_Explanation:
Resolution
Quantitative_Attribute_Accuracy_Assessment:
Attribute_Accuracy_Value:8 Hz data reduced to 1 sec by means of boxcar filter
Attribute_Accuracy_Explanation:
Sampling Rate
Quantitative_Attribute_Accuracy_Assessment:
Attribute_Accuracy_Value:INTERMAGNET 91 coefficient gaussian filter used for production of 1 minute data from 1 second data.
Attribute_Accuracy_Explanation:
Numeric Filter
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Contact institution
Completeness_Report:
These data represent the complete record set for this station and this time period.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Contact institute
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
Unknown
Process_Date:Unknown
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label:Magnetometer
Entity_Type_Definition:
A scientific instrument for measuring the strength of magnetic fields.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetometer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:fluxgate magnetometer
Attribute_Definition:
A kind of magnetometer that detects second harmonic signals from a secondary coil surrounding an iron core that is driven into saturation by a primary coil using radio frequency signals. The second harmonic signal is proportional to the strength of the ambient magnetic field.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://www.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/ES304/MODULES/MAG/NOTES/fluxgate.html
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
This is a type of magnetometer instrument used for measuring the Magnetic Field
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:proton precession magnetometer
Attribute_Definition:
A kind of scalar magnetometer that measures only the strength of the total magnetic field vector and not its direction or components. A hydrogen-rich fluid is polarized using a strong electric current. When the current is turned off, the protons in the fluid precess around the ambient magnetic field at a frequency given by the gyromagnetic ratio and proportional to the strength of the surrounding magnetic field.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetometer#Scalar_magnetometers
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
This is a type of magnetometer instrument used for measuring the Magnetic Field
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Overhauser magnetometer
Attribute_Definition:
A type of scalar magnetometer that employs the precession of free unpaired electrons rather than protons in a fluid.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetometer#Scalar_magnetometers
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
This is a type of magnetometer instrument used for measuring the Magnetic Field
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label:Earth's Magnetic Field Components
Entity_Type_Definition:
The Earth's magnetic field is characterized by a direction and intensity which can be determined by various combinations of three of seven possible magnetic field components.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1970.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Inclination (I)
Attribute_Definition:
The angle which the line of force at a point of observation makes with the horizontal plane, positive when directed downward
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-90.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:90.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:Decimal Degrees or Degrees and Decimal Minutes
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Declination (D)
Attribute_Definition:
The angle made by the magnetic meridian and the true north meridian, considered positive east of north and negative west of north
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-180.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:180.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:Decimal Degrees or Degrees and Decimal Minutes
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Horizontal Intensity (H)
Attribute_Definition:
The projection of the geomagnetic field vector on the horizontal plane, always positive
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:0
Range_Domain_Maximum:40000.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:nanotesla
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Vertical Intensity (Z)
Attribute_Definition:
The projection of the geomagnetic field vector on the vertical plane, positive when directed down
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-70000.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:60000.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:nanotesla
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Total Intensity (F)
Attribute_Definition:
The scalar magnitude of the geomagnetic field vector, always positive
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:25000.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:80000.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:nanotesla
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:North Component (X)
Attribute_Definition:
The projection of the horizontal component (H) in the true meridian
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-10000.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:45000.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:nanotesla
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:East Component (Y)
Attribute_Definition:
The projection of the horizontal component on the true east direction, positive when directed eastward
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Wienert, K.A., Notes on geomagnetic observatory and survey practice, UNESCO Earth Sciences 5, 1971
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-20000.0
Range_Domain_Maximum:20000.0
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:nanotesla
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label:Geographic Location
Entity_Type_Definition:
A coordinate system that provides a means for expressing every location on the Earth using three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_location
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Latitude
Attribute_Definition:
Latitude is an angular measurement in degrees that gives the location of a place on the Earth above (toward the North pole) or below (toward the South pole) of the equator.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latitude
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-90
Range_Domain_Maximum:+90
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:angular degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Longitude
Attribute_Definition:
Longitude is an angluar measurement in degrees that describes the location of a place on the Earth east or west of a north-south line called the Prime Meridian.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:-180
Range_Domain_Maximum:+180
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:angular degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Elevation
Attribute_Definition:
Elevation is the vertical position of a location relative to some height above the Earth's surface, generally taken as the mean sea level or geoid.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoid
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum:0
Range_Domain_Maximum:unlimited
Attribute_Units_of_Measure:meters
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Contact_Person:David Fischman
Contact_Position:Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing and physical
Address:
325 Broadway
City:Boulder
State_or_Province:CO
Postal_Code:80303
Country:USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone:303 497-4654
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone:303-497-6513
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:david.fischman@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service:8:00 - 5:00 Mountain
Distribution_Liability:
While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name:IAGA2002
Format_Version_Date:2001
Format_Specification:
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/IAGA/vdat/iagaformat.html
Format_Information_Content:
Columnar ASCII values including date, time, and magnetic field values, including header information pertinate to the individual observatory.
File_Decompression_Technique:generally ZIP
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/IAGA/vdat/iagaformat.html
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name:WDC-A
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:www.wdcb.ru/stp/data/geo_min.val/AIA-Argentine%20Islands/DIGITAL%20WDC%20FORMATS.doc
Access_Instructions:
This is an outdated ASCII format.
Fees:None
Ordering_Instructions:
Contact NGDC for instructions.
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date:
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Contact_Person:David Fischman
Contact_Position:Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing and physical
Address:
325 Broadway
City:Boulder
State_or_Province:CO
Postal_Code:80303
Country:USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone:303 497-4654
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone:303-497-6513
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:david.fischman@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service:8:00 - 5:00 Mountain
Metadata_Standard_Name:Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version:FGDC-STD-012-2002
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage:http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/metadata/extensions/local_extensions.html
Profile_Name:NGDC Extensions to FGDC Metadata
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