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Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere- Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA-COARE) Records

Identifier:  - TOGAC

Scope and Contents

The Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (COARE) was designed by an international group of scientists as an integral part of the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Study. TOGA-COARE brought together scientists and support staff from 20 nations. The experiment combined oceanography, meteorology, and computer climate modeling to better understand the effect of tropical warm weather regions on the tropical ocean-global atmosphere system.

UCAR managed TOGA-COARE, the second largest field program since GATE, with the establishment of the TOGA-COARE International Project Office in Boulder in 1990. Over 150 UCAR/NCAR staff were involved in the project.

The TOGA-COARE Records consist of budget information, correspondence, plans, reports, protocols, ship reports, meeting minutes, and handwritten notes. Meeting minutes and correspondence offer a window into the complexities of managing and executing a massive international field project.


  • 1985-1996
  • Majority of material found in 1989-1992
  • Other: Date acquired: 20100000


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


2.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement is mostly by original order. This collection consists of 7 series in 2 boxes:

Series 1: Administrative, 1987-1994, undated Series 2: Correspondence, 1985-1994, undated Series 3: Meetings and Workshops, 1988-1996, undated Series 4: Plans and Reports, 1985-1994, undated Series 5: Logistics, 1991-1992, undated Series 6: Research, 1991-1996, undated Series 7: Audio-Visual Materials, 1992-1993, undated

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Source of Acquisition

Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS), UCAR Communications, UCAR Office of Programs

Method of Acquisition

The TOGA-COARE Records were collected as part of an off-site storage inventory project. Records from four UCAR/NCAR divisions and labs were brought together to form this collection.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals or additions are expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in December 2010. Originally order was mostly adhered to with the exception of the correspondence series; these materials were collated together from various folders to provide a chronological view of the logistics of the project. Metal fasteners were removed and all materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. The majority of the materials sent to the Archives represented routine correspondence, travel vouchers and planning, tourist literature and maps, hotel arrangements, immunization information, invoices, purchase orders, check requests, logistics of obtaining staff visas, and equipment purchases. These materials were weeded from the collection.

Kathleen Legg
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Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository