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General
Data set name

Voluntary Observing Ship meteorological reports for N Atlantic and W Mediterranean (1986 onwards)

Data holding centreState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
CountrySpain  Spain
Time periodFrom 1986 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

NE Atlantic, Western Mediterranean

Observations 
Parameters

Atmospheric visibility and transparency; Air pressure; Cloud type; Wind strength and direction; Temperature of the water column; Wave height and period statistics

Instruments

Meteorological packages; water body temperature sensor

Description 
Summary

The collection is made up of reports coded SHIP from voluntary observing vessels (VOV) of different countries. The times of observations are: 0000Z, 0600Z, 1200Z and 1800Z. The quality control of this information is practically non existent. The observations are performed at the point where the vessels happen to be at the aforementioned hours. The number of observations filed every day is highly variable, but may be estimated at between 200 and 400. At some centres, such as the Program of Marine Climatology of the Directorate General for Ports, the number of reports filed is much higher and go back to when the observation programme first started.

OriginatorsState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
Availability 
OrganisationState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactServicio de Aplicaciones Aeronauticas y Maritimas
Address

State Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
Leonardo Prieto, 8 (Ciudad Universitaria)
Madrid

28071
Spain

Telephone+34 91 5819857
Facsimile+34 915 819811
Emailinfomet@inm.es
Administration 
Collating centreIEO/Spanish Oceanographic Institute
Local identifier8010001
Global identifier2589
Last revised2009-01-14