Ocean Observing and Climate

ASMOS: Assessment of the Surface Marine Observing System

ASMOS has so far produced uncertainty assessments of the surface marine observing system. The links below give some information about the spatial distribution of observations and their sampling during 2006 and the start of 2007. These plots use observations made by Voluntary Observing Ships from ICOADS but will soon be updated to use observations collected by the Met Office from the Global Telecommunications System (GTS).

There are observations from ships (merchant, research & coastguard vessels), moored buoys, fixed platforms (e.g. oil rigs) and drifting buoys (most drifting buoys only measure SST). All these combine to make up the "observing system" and we will assess the extent to which this mixture of observations meet the needs of climate research.

Use the drop-down menus below to see how the observing system was performing in 2006 and the start of 2007.