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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

To learn more about VOSClim and to obtain contact information, visit the Voluntary Observing Ship Climate Fleet page.