README:   usage information for
U.S. JGOFS Process Study CD-ROM Data Report,
volume 1 (version 2)

April 2003
(same content as README_1st.txt)

This data report was prepared by the U.S. JGOFS Data Management Office at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Copyright © 2003, WHOI

The Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS), organized under the aegis of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), was a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). U.S. JGOFS, a national component of JGOFS, included field studies conducted between 1989 and 1998 and brought together biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanographers and modelers in a multidisciplinary investigation of the pools and fluxes of carbon and associated biogenic elements in the ocean. The U.S. JGOFS research program comprised four basin-scale process studies, two long-term time-series programs, participation in a global survey of carbon dioxide (CO2) and a synthesis and modeling project. This CD-ROM contains only the data acquired during the four U.S. JGOFS process studies, conducted in the North Atlantic, the equatorial Pacific, the Arabian Sea and the Southern Ocean.

Getting Started

This CD-ROM is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX operating systems.

To begin using this CD-ROM publication of data and supporting documentation derived from U.S. participation in JGOFS Process Studies: North Atlantic Bloom Experiment (NABE), Equatorial Pacific (EqPac) Process Study, Arabian Sea Process Study and Antarctic Environmental and Southern Ocean Process Study (AESOPS):

-- quit all programs
-- insert CD into disc drive

Data access can be accomplished in three different ways on various operating systems:
Methods 1 and 2 are recommended over method 3.

Method 1: web browser client (i.e. Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.)
Click on/open welcome.htm to access the data report.

-- Window's PC: web browser should autostart when CD-ROM is placed in drive
-- On all other systems, open welcome.htm on the CD-ROM, using a web browser application.

Specific instructions for opening welcome.htm on selected platforms/operating systems:

Windows™ AutoPlay:
On Windows systems, the default web browser client should automatically open the first page of the data report when the CD-ROM is placed in the drive. If the 'AutoPlay' feature does not work or returns an error, simply right click on the CD-ROM icon (from My Computer or Windows Explorer file manager window) and select "Open". This should allow you to view the CD-ROM file collection. Double-click on "welcome.htm" to begin. If the welcome file does not appear in the browser window, verify that you have quit all applications, especially web browser clients, then repeat these steps to open welcome.htm.

Important note for MacOS™ 9 and 10 systems using Internet Explorer™:
Before viewing the data files (*.tsv type files available from each process study data directory) you may need to tell IE which Helper Application to use. Failure to do so causes the browser to hang and requires a Force Quit to recover. For instructions see (docs/macos_hints.htm).

Double-click on the desktop CD-ROM icon and open welcome.htm using a web browser client. If you are unable to open welcome.htm in this manner, you may need to mount the CD-ROM.
  mkdir /cdrom
  HP-UX: mount -F cdfs -o cdcase device-name /cdrom
  SGI/IRIX: mount -rt hsfs device-name /cdrom
  SUN/Solaris: mount -rt hsfs device-name /cdrom

UNIX: to unmount the CD-ROM
  umount /cdrom  or  eject /cdrom

All Operating Systems:
Alternatively, if all previously described methods are unsuccessful, start your preferred web browser, select "Open" from the "File" menu, and navigate to the CD's "welcome.htm" file.

Method 2: JGView (Java data retrieval tool)
Use JGView, the custom JAVA application, to navigate the data directories, select a dataset, subset, list and optionally export the data. JGView provides a 'Search' function to help locate data of interest, the ability to subselect a dataset based on user-specified criteria and the option to export the subsetted data in a variety of formats including Ocean Data View (ODV) and Matlab. Complete instructions for installing and running JGView are included in a separate document (applications/documentation/documentation.htm).

Method 3: OS File Management System
Use your operating system's file management system to open the data folder/subdirectory and search through the files for the data you're interested in. Each data entity from the U.S. JGOFS Internet-based data server is represented on this CD-ROM by three files:
    .tsv files are downloadable, TAB-separated, ASCII text files of data
    .htm files contain the documentation for a data entity (formatted for web browser client)
    .ndx files are ASCII text summary files used by JGView, and contain a brief description of the data entity

Additional instructions for getting the most out of this data report are provided in a separate document (docs/about_CD.htm). Technical support, including updates, will be provided online at the U.S. JGOFS web site:

  I hope you find this data report useful. Please contact me at the US JGOFS Data Management Office with any comments or questions pertaining to this publication.

Cyndy Chandler
Editor, U.S. JGOFS Final Data Report, volume 1
(1) 508-289-2765