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SEAS Voluntary Marine Meteorological and Ocean Data Collection Program
Entry ID: 01-seas-00
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Abstract: (Summary adpated from the SEAS/AMVER web page)

Under a cooperative agreement between the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U. S. Coast Guard, the SEAS
IV software has been created to assist Volunteer Observing Ships (VOS)
in submitting marine weather reports and participating in the
Automated Mutual-Assistance VEssel Reporting System (AMVER). The VOS
program allows commercial ships to report marine weather to the
National Weather Service (NWS) so that high seas forecasts will be as
timely and accurate as possible.

The Shipboard Environmental [data] Acquisition System (SEAS) is a
global volunteer observing ship program operated by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the collection of marine
meteorological and ocean data. SEAS participants are requested to
take weather observations four times per day, enter the data into the
AMVER/SEAS IV software and transmit the data to SEAS Headquarters for
global dissemination. In addition to weather observations, some ships
may be requested to drop Expendable Bathythermographs (XBT's) into the
ocean to obtain subsurface temperature data.

This information is used in the preparation of the High Seas Forecast
that is distributed to the marine community. Researchers and Climate
Modelers also use the data as input to their models to help predict
long-term climate variability and change.

Service Citation
Originators: NOAA
Title: SEAS (Shipboard Environmental [data] Acquisition System)
Provider: NOAA
ISO Topic Category
Use Constraints
In order to participate, a ship must have the following equipment
located on the bridge and available to the mates who will be making
the reports:

PC - IBM compatible, 286 or better 3.5 inch floppy drive Hard drive
with MB of free space DOS 5.0 or greater or Windows 3.1 or greater
INMARSAT Std C with a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive
Service Provider
Marine Operations Center, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Service Provider Personnel
Phone: (206)526-4280
Fax: (206)526-4281
Email: Bob.Decker at
Contact Address:
7600 Sand Point Way NE
City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98115-0070
Country: USA

Service Provider Personnel
Phone: (757)441-3062
Fax: (757)441-6495
Email: James.W.Farrington at
Contact Address:
Atlantic Marine Center
439 W. York St.
City: Norfolk
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23510
Country: USA
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: 3.5 inch floppy disk
Distribution_Size: 1 MB
Phone: 301-851-8113
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
5700 Rivertech Court
City: Riverdale
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20737
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2000-02-02
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-05-09
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