Sea Surface Temperature Sensors for Australian Vessels

What is Sea Surface Temperature Sensors for Australian Vessels?

Remotely sensed sea surface temperature data is important for ocean, weather, seasonal and climate models. In order to provide the validation of satellite measured sea surface temperature and ocean models in the Australian region, there is a need for high quality, in situ sea surface temperature observations.

Historically, this data was solely derived from moorings and drifting buoys, however, there are significant restrictions on the spatial coverage provided by these platforms alone. Sea Surface Temperature Sensors for Australian Vessels provide the much needed, high quality and, high spatial coverage of sea surface temperature data for Australian waters. Simple hull contact sensors are placed on the inside of a ship’s hull, below the waterline and away from any heat source, providing reliable and continuous sea surface temperature data.

Key Data Streams

IMOS ship SST for satellite SST validation

A report on IMOS ship SST data sets – nine years of in situ subsurface 'SSTdepth' and two years of ship-based remotely sensed 'SSTskin' quality-assured observations from ships of opportunity – and their application for satellite SST validation.

Beggs, H., J. Sisson and N. Morgan (2017) IMOS Ship SST for Satellite SST Validation, In: Proceedings of the GHRSST XVIII Science Team Meeting, Qingdao, China, 5th - 9th June 2017. 

Enhancing ship of opportunity sea surface temperature observations in the Australian region

A paper describing the new IMOS SST Sensor products.

Beggs H., R. Verein, G. Paltoglou, H. Kippo and M. Underwood (2012) Enhancing ship of opportunity sea surface temperature observations in the Australian region, Journal of Operational Oceanography, (ISSN: 1755-8778), 5, 59-73.  

Report on Rottnest Ferry SST Validations Tests

A short technical report describing the quality of the SST data from the Rottnest Island Ferry (PV SeaFlyte) and tests performed to determine the sources of the SST errors.

SST Sensor Deployments and Data Streams:  A table summarising vessels, sensors and their data streams contributing SST data to IMOS

Joel Cabrie


Acknowledging IMOS 

Users of IMOS data are required to clearly acknowledge the source material by including the following statement:

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is enabled by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent.