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.