Voluntary Observing Ship Climate (VOSClim) Fleet Ship Metadata
Upon recruitment of a ship into the Voluntary Observing Ship Climate (VOSClim) Fleet, the Port Meteorological Officer (PMO) collects an extensive list of metadata about the ship as required for WMO No. 47 – International List of Selected, Supplementary, and Auxiliary Ships. Metadata about the type of instrumentation, location, and exposure are absolutely essential to a correct interpretation and use of the observations. The metadata also includes mandatory digital photographs of the instruments and their location. Please send additional photographs as well as all Ship List updates and inquiries to Eric.Freeman@noaa.gov.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Pub No. 47 and European Meteorological Services Network Surface Marine Programme (E-SURFMAR) Metadata Listings
VOS operational resources, metadata, and WMO No. 47 (Pub 47)
Informal Pub 47
VOSClim list at E-SURFMAR provided in an Excel spreadsheet
National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) FTP site containing ship and instrument photographs of ships sorted by call sign and ship name
Dutch VOSClim Ships
Dutch website with ship photographs
NCDC VOSClim Ship List
NCDC-maintained list of VOSClim Fleet Ships
Note: Beginning April 2014, the NCDC list is no longer the official list. Operators of VOSClim Class observing vessels are strongly encouraged to ensure that the metadata for their fleets is maintained up to date on the E-SURFMAR Metadata database. For current information on VOSClim vessels please refer to WMO Publication No. 47. Additional information on the VOSClim Fleet can be found at the main VOS website hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
NCDC FTP site containing pictures of VOSClim Project awards and presentations
To learn more about VOSClim and to obtain contact information, visit the Voluntary Observing Ship Climate Fleet page.