An eXpendable BathyThermograph (XBT) is a probe that is launched from a ship using a hand or a automatic launcher (auto launcher). AOML operates a large component of the global XBT network that utilizes approximately 50 ships of the Ship Of Opportunity Program. Data are used to monitor the upper ocean thermal structure along fixed predetermined transects in all ocean basins. These probes are launched 4 to 6 times per day, the data are logged to a computer and transemitted via satellite in real-time through the Global Telecommunication System. The data are then used by national and international organizations, universities and government laboratories for weather and climate forecasting and for oceanographic research. More information on XBT data and products can be found here...

Latest XBT observations (12/1/2018-12/31/2018)

XBT observations collected trough NOAA/AOML Shipboard Environmental data Acquisition System (SEAS) during
the last 30 days ( Dec 1, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018 ). Last updated on 12/31/2018 12:00.

For XBT observations collected during other periods: