AMVERSEAS applications system

AMVERSEAS is a real-time operational system used in research and commercial vessels worldwide to acquire and distribute oceanographic and meteorological observations. 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 marine mammal sighting reports, meteorological reports, ocean temperature profiles, sea surface temperature and salinity observations as well as AMVER. The applications are 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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Marine Mammal Sighting

Marine mammal sighting data helps determine the distribution and behaviors of marine mammals throughout the world. Collected data are integrated into the National Marine Mammal Laboratory's Platforms of Opportunity database, which has data dating back to 1958.

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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 9.3)

The following link allows to download the latest version of AMVERSEAS (AMVERSEAS_9.

  • What is new?
  • 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

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