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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Tropical Cyclone Storm Segments for the North Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Pacific Ocean Basins (1900-2016),

Item Identification

Title: Tropical Cyclone Storm Segments for the North Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Pacific Ocean Basins (1900-2016)
Status: Completed

These data represent a unique subset of the International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) data set (1900-2016). Features represent IBTrACS storm track segments that 1) are attributed to the North Atlantic or Eastern Pacific basins; 2) do not cross the International Date Line; 3) occur in or after 1900; 4) have maximum wind values above 33 knots; and 5) are attributed as extratropical, subtropical, or tropical. Furthermore, those storm segments that were attributed as tropical within the source data were modified to the appropriate storm category based on the maximum wind speed value per segment.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None coastal energy planning
None environment
None extratropical storm
None hurricane
None marine
None ocean energy planning
None oceans
None offshore energy planning
None outer continental shelf lease blocks
None protractions
None tropical cyclone
None tropical storm

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Alaska
None Atlantic
None East Coast
None Hawaii
None Pacific
None Puerto Rico
None U.S. Virgin Islands
None United States
None West Coast

Physical Location

City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 787584
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 787587
W° Bound: -179.98318250149
E° Bound: 27.99995716791
N° Bound: 80.30000053024
S° Bound: 2.4999939124

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121383
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 787591
Download URL:

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.



International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS)

CC ID: 787577
Contact Name: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
Citation URL:
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Provided tropical cyclone storm track data.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 787578

1. Download IBTrACS storm track data from:

2. Extract those features in the IBTrACS data that are: a) attributed to the North Atlantic Ocean or Eastern Pacific Ocean (NA) basin; b) occur in or after 1900; and c) have maximum wind values above 33 knots.

3. From this subset of the IBTrACS data, extract those features that are attributed as extratropical (ET), subtropical (SS), or tropical (TS).

4. Create a (storm) "Category" field. For features that are tropical storms ('TS'), modify the field value to the appropriate category, based on wind speed (see Also designate features as 'ET', 'SS', or 'TS' accordingly.

5. Features (segments) from EPAC that crossed the International Dateline were trimmed, as these features cause issues when running the buffer tool for associated exposure model layers.

Process Date/Time: 2018-08-01 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54189
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:54189
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-10-16 17:41+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-16
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-10-16
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-16