[CF-metadata] Proposed Standard Names
Godin at mbari.org
Mon Jul 25 15:13:16 MDT 2005
I'd like to propose some names I had to create while handling a pretty diverse set of oceanographic (and ancillary) data. I am rather certain that these names do not already exist in the database, but I am less certain if I have followed the naming convention well.
The proposed names and units follow here:
photosynthetic_scalar_irradiance_in_sea_water, W m-3
platform_speed, m s-1
sea_water_acoustic_velocity, m s-1
sea_water_bioluminescence, photon s-1
sea_water_dissolved_oxygen_concentration, mol kg-1
sea_water_nitrate_molality, mol kg-1
sea_water_particulate_volume_scattering_function, m-1 sr-1
sea_water_phosphate_molality, mol kg-1
sea_water_silicate_molality, mol kg-1
sea_water_volume_scattering_function, m-1 sr-1
spectral_scalar_irradiance_in_sea_water, W m-3
water_flow_rate, m3 s-1
A few may require some explanation:
photosynthetic_scalar_irradiance_in_sea_water: Sum of radiation from all directions. "Photosynthetic" radiation is the part of the spectrum which is used in photosynthesis e.g. 300-700 nm. The range of wavelengths could be specified precisely by the bounds of a coordinate of radiation_wavelength. Scalar irradiance is the photon flux incident on unit area of a spherical (or "4-pi") collector.
sea_water_bioluminescence: Number of photons emitted from bioluminescent organisms in 1 ml of sea water, at a given flow rate.
sea_water_fluorescence: Fraction of light returned from sea water, relative t to illumination level.
spectral_scalar_irradiance_in_sea_water: Sum of radiation from all directions. "spectral" means per unit wavelength or as a function of wavelength; spectral quantities are sometimes called "monochromatic". Scalar irradiance is the photon flux incident on unit area of a spherical (or "4-pi") collector.
Michael A. Godin
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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