An eXpendable BathyThermograph (XBT) is a temperature probe that is launched from the bridge wing of a ship using a hand launcher. AOML operates a global XBT program that utilizes approximately 50 ships of the SOOP to monitor the upper ocean thermal structure along several transects in all ocean basins. The probes are launched by ship personnel 4 to 6 times per day. The data are logged to a computer provided by AOML, where it is processed and formatted for satellite transmission in real-time through the Global telecommunications System (GTS). The data are then used by national and international organizations, universities and government laboratories for weather and climate forecasting and for climate research.
Latest XBT observations (12/17/2016-01/16/2017)
XBT observations collected trough SEAS during the last 30 days ( Dec 17, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017 ). Last updated on 01/16/2017 12:00.
For XBT observations collected during other periods: