Latest SEAS Observations

XBT Observations

NOAA is actively participating in an international effort to increase the number of subsurface temperature observations in support of global oceanographic and climate studies. NOAA's SEAS program currently supports the collection of this type of observations on fifty voluntary ships from Ship of Opportunity Program (SOOP). Observations from these vessels are collected and transmitted via the GOES and INMARSAT C satellites. SEAS vessels are responsible for more than 14,000 XBT observations each year. Go

Meteorological Observations

Meteorological observations made onboard voluntary vessels of the Ship of Opportunity Program (SOOP) are a substantial component of global weather forecast efforts and climate studies. There are currently almost 400 ships aiding NOAA in the collection of meteorological observation. SEAS equipped vessels provide as many as 200,000 observations per year. Go

TSG Observations

NOAA supports the collection of sea surface salinity (SSS) and sea surface temperature (SST) data from thermosalinographs (TSG) installed on ships of the NOAA fleet and ships of the Ship of Opportunity Program (SOOP). AOML currently operates several TSG transects from six Ships of Opportunity in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, including Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas and the Explorer of the Semester At Sea Program of the University of Virginia.. Data from these transects are routinely quality controlled and provided to data distribution centers. Go