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10.03.2009 05:12 Age: 9 yrs
Category: SOOP
By: Eric Schulz

Progress in the SOOP Sub-facility Research Vessels Real Time Air-Sea Fluxes

Excellent progress was achieved during 2008 towards the goal of providing real-time air-sea fluxes from research vessels


  • The Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, has been providing routine, real-time observations of meteorology and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) since June 2008. Re-processed data is available back to February 2008.
  • The installation of IMOS meteorological instruments was completed in October 2008.
  • The original meteorological instruments on the ship: prop-vane anemometer, thermometers, humidity sensors, barometer and siphon rain gauge have been augmented by the addition of IMOS sensors: optical rain gauge, 2-d sonic anemometer (all on the foremast), and short- and long-wave radiometers.
  • Spare sensors have been obtained to improve the robustness of the system and facilitate calibration activities.
  • The calibration schedule commenced with the Vaisala humidity sensors and barometer in September 2008.
  • A quality-controlled marine meteorology product has been provided daily to eMII since September 2008 and will be publicly available from April.
  • In addition, 3-hourly meteorological observations are being placed on the Global Telecommunications System as a contribution to the World Meteorological Organisation, Volunteer Observing Ship program. This data is available at operational weather and oceanographic centres for immediate use in forecasting activities.

During the last 12 months the Southern Surveyor has operated in the Great Australian Bight, the Tasman and Coral Seas as well as shelf waters of East and South-East Australia (see Figure above).