AMVERSEAS applications system

AMVERSEAS is a comprehensive computer applications system used in research and commercial vessels worldwide to acquire and distribute oceanographic and meteorological observations in real-time. The system has been created to assist the Ship of Opportunity Program (SOOP) and the Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program in their effort to provide data to scientists working in climate research, weather forecast and modeling. The system also generates reports for the U.S. Coast Guard's Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue system (AMVER) to aid in rescue missions at sea.

Data acquired and transmitted by AMVERSEAS includes meteorological reports, ocean temperature profiles, sea surface temperature and salinity observations as well as AMVER reports. The program is designed to be intuitive for users at all levels of computer experience.

For more information please check the AMVERSEAS applications system brochure (PDF).


The AMVER Reporter component submits four types of reports Sailing plan, Deviation report, Position report, and Arrival report used by the U.S. Coast Guard to update their data base allowing the identification of vessels in the vicinity of a ship in distress.

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Meteorological Observations

The SEAS Met Observations Logger application operates on VOS program vessels to collect and transmit local weather conditions and to locate and determine the strength of weather systems.

Via a socket connection, the SEAS AutoIMET Data Logger module receives measured weather parameters from a Remote Computer System (RCS). Sometimes these data can be incorrect due to many reasons therefore as a means of quality control, user added data can be included via the user interface. The data are transmitted on a user-determined schedule; typically every hour using the World Meteorological Organization BBXX format.

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Oceanographic Observations

The Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) has been used by oceanographers for many years to obtain information on the temperature structure of the ocean to depths of up to 2000 meters. A standard XBT system consists on an expendable probe, a data processing/recording system, and a launcher. The SEAS XBT Data Recorder is a real-time data acquisition, and processing application that operates on SOOP vessels. The XBT data collected are typically transmitted in real-time and distributed globally.

The SEAS TSG Data Recorder is also a real-time data acquisition and processing application for the SOOP vessels equipped with a SBE thermosalinograph unit to collect underway sea surface temperature and salinity observations. The TSG data collected are typically transmitted in real-time for quality control and global distribution.

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Download current version (V 9.2)

The following links allow to download the latest version of AMVERSEAS. All these links point to the same (latest) version of AMVERSEAS, three different installation setups have been created to better account for specific users needs. For detailed info on what's new, read the release notes.

Full installation Install all AMVERSEAS components: SEAS Transceiver Interface, SEAS TSG Data Recorder, SEAS XBT Data Recorder, SEAS Met Observations Logger, AutoIMET Data Logger and AMVER Reporter. zip
Meteorological Observations + AMVER Install SEAS Met Observations Logger, SEAS AutoIMET Data Logger and AMVER Reporter components only. zip
Manual Meteorological Observations only Install SEAS Met Observations Logger component only. zip

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