International Council for Science - World Data Center System

Appendix E - Acronyms

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This list does not claim to be exhaustive. It is incomplete regarding such items as geophysical parameters and chemical substances, names of satellites, and non-ICSU projects and organizations. Some acronyms that appeared in previous Guides, but are not actually used in the present edition, are retained as they may be needed again in the future.

ACSYS Arctic Climate System Study

ALPEX Alpine Experiment

AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer

BGI Bureau Gravimétrique International

BP Before Present

CARDS Comprehensive Aerological Reference Dataset

CCIR International Radio Consultative Committee

CDAW Coordinated Data Analysis Workshop

CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

CD-ROM Compact Disc, Read-Only Memory

CDS Center de Données Stellaires

CEDAR Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions

CIESIN Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network

CFC Chlorofluorocarbon

CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability

COADS Comprehensive OceanAtmosphere Dataset

CODATA Committee on Data for Science and Technology

COSPAR Committee on Space Research

CSAGI Comité Special de l'Annee Geophysique Internationale

DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

EROS Earth Resources Observing Satellite

EUV Extreme Ultra Violet

FAGS Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Data Analysis


FGGE First GARP Global Experiment

FSU Former Soviet Union

FTP File Transfer Protocol

GARP Global Atmospheric Research Program

GATE GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment

GAW Global Atmosphere Watch

GCOS Global Climate Observing System

GCPC Global Precipitation Climatology Project

GEBCO General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans

GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment

GHCN Global Historical Climate Network

GIS Geographical Information System

GLIS Global Land Information System

GOOS Global Ocean Observing System

GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center

HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol

IAGA International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

IAMAS International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric


IASPEI International Association of Seismology and Physics

of the Earth's Interior

IAPSO International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean

IAVCEI International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the

Earth's Interior

IAU International Astronomical Union

ICET International Center for Earth Tides

ICITA International Cooperative Investigation of the Tropical Atlantic

ICL International Commission on the Lithosphere

ICRCM International Center for Recent Crustal Movement

ICSU International Council for Science

IDE International Declared Event

IDNDR International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction

IERS International Earth Rotation Service

IGBP International GeosphereBiosphere Program (Global Change)

IGC International Geophysical Cooperation

IGOSS Integrated Global Ocean Services System

IGY International Geophysical Year

ILP International Lithosphere Program

IMS International Magnetospheric Study

IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

IPS Interplanetary Scintillation

IQSY International Quiet Sun Years

IRI International Reference Ionosphere

IRIS Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology

ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project

ISGI International Service of Geomagnetic Indices

ISRIC International Soil Reference and Information Center

IUBS International Union of Biological Sciences

IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

IUGS International Union of Geological Sciences

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

IUPAP International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

IUWDS International URSIgram and World Days Service

MGG Marine Geology and Geophysics

MONEX Monsoon Experiment

MONSEE Monitoring of the SunEarth Environment

MSIS Mass Spectrometer and Incoherent Scatter

MSS Multispectral Scanner (Landsat)

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research

NCDC National Climatic Data Center

NEIS National Earthquake Information Service

NGDC National Geophysical Data Center

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NODC National Oceanographic Data Center

NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center

NSSDC National Space Science Data Center

PAGES Past Global Changes

PCNETS Permanent Committee on Networking Strategies

PDE Preliminary Determination of EpiCenter

PPSI Prompt Photometric Sunspot Index

PSMSL Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level

QBSA Quarterly Bulletin on Solar Activity

RMC Regional Meteorological Center

RNODC Responsible National Oceanographic Data Center

SABRE Sweden and Britain Radar Experiment

SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

SCOPE Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOR Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

SCOSTEP Scientific Committee on SolarTerrestrial Physics

SE Solid Earth

SEG Solid Earth Geophysics

SGD SolarGeophysical Data (Reports)

SIDS Sunspot Index Data Center

SMONEX Summer Monsoon Experiment

SPARC Study of Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate

SPIDR Space Physics Interactive Data Resource

SSC Satellite Situation Center

STAC SolarTerrestrial Activity Charts

STD/CTD Salinity temperature depth/conductivity temperature depth

STEP SolarTerrestrial Energy Program

STP SolarTerrestrial Physics

TOGA Tropical Oceans and the Global Atmosphere

UAG Upper Atmosphere Geophysics (STP data reports)

UNCED United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development

UNDP United Nations Development Program

UNEP United Nations Environment Program

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

URL Universal Resource Locator

URSI International Union of Radio Science

USGS United States Geological Survey

VLBI Very Long Baseline Interferometry

VLF/ULF Very Low Frequency/Ultra Low Frequency

WCDMP World Climate Data and Monitoring Program

WCRP World Climate Research Program

WDC World Data Center

WDCA WMO World Data Center for Aerosols

WDCGG WMO World Data Center for Greenhouse Gases

WGMS World Glacier Monitoring Service

WMO World Meteorological Organization

WMONEX Winter Monsoon Experiment

WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment

WODC World Ozone Data Center

WOUDC WMO World Data Center for Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation

WRDC WMO World Radiation Center

WWSSN Worldwide Standard Seismic Network

WWW Worldwide Web

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