[CF-metadata] Standard Names Representing Measurements not due to some process

Lowry, Roy K. rkl at bodc.ac.uk
Fri Mar 31 06:55:43 MDT 2017

Dear Andrew,

It's somewhat difficult to be elegant here, but here are some suggestions:



The latter would be my personal preference. Some explanation would be needed in the definition.

Cheers, Roy.

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Subject: [CF-metadata] Standard Names Representing Measurements not due to some process


I was having a discussion regarding rosette mounted transmissometers, specifically the Wetlabs C-Star.

The most obvious standard name for the measurement appears to be:

However, because of the way the instrument is calibrated, the attenuation due to the (pure) water itself is not a constituent of the reported attenuation coefficient.
The resulting modification would appear to be:
volume_beam_attenuation_coefficient_of_radiative_flux_in_sea_water_not_due_to_water (or some variant, _not_due_to_pure_water)

Is there a better way to account for reporting parameters which are the result of all processes except for some known process?

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