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1 “State of VOS” National PMO Meeting August th Operations Manager, Paula Rychtar 1

2 2 iVOS Database numbers:

3 3 Eight classes of ships are in the international VOS scheme. ClassDescription US VOS count Selected Sufficient certified met. Instruments. Transmits regular, uses compliant e-logbook. Should have at least: barometer, thermometer (SST), psychrometer and barograph. 159 Selected (AWS) Equipped with an Automatic Weather Station system using sufficient certified met. Instruments. Transmits regular, uses compliant e-logbook. Should have at least: barometer, thermometer (SST), psychrometer and barograph. 15 VOSClim Sufficient certified met. Instruments. Transmits regular, uses compliant e-logbook. Should have at least: barometer, thermometer (SST), psychrometer and barograph. Enters observations in an IMMT (international Maritime Meteorological Tape) compliant e-logbook. Includes delayed-mode groups and proven record of high quality observations. 4 VOSClim (AWS) Equipped with an Automatic Weather Station system using sufficient certified met. Instruments. Transmits regular, uses compliant e-logbook. Should have at least: barometer, thermometer (SST), psychrometer and barograph. Enters observations in an IMMT (international Maritime Meteorological Tape) compliant e-logbook. Includes delayed-mode groups and proven record of high quality observations. 4 Supplementary equipped with a limited number of certified meteorological instruments for making observations. It transmits regular weather reports and enters the observations in a meteorological logbook. 440 Supplementary (AWS) a mobile ship station equipped with an AWS system comprising a limited number of certified meteorological instruments and reporting regularly. The AWS should at least measure air pressure. 12 Auxiliary a mobile ship station normally without certified meteorological instruments, which transmits in a reduced code form or in plain language, either on a routine basis or on request, in certain data sparse areas and under certain conditions. 194 Auxiliary (AWS) a mobile ship station equipped with an AWS system comprising non-certified meteorological instruments and reporting regularly. The AWS should at least measure air pressure. 3

4 4 “OTHER”….. VOS Ancillary Pilot Project  The VOS Ancillary Pilot Project is an initiative aimed at allowing a greater number of ships to join the global VOS scheme without some of the constraints of being part of a national VOS fleet.  The SOT Task Team on VOS recruitment and Program Promotion (TT-VRPP) is looking towards a way to accepting ships that cannot be recruited to join VOS in the “traditional” way. This is due to a finite pool of certified and calibrated ships met instruments or because of a lack of PMO support.  Many stipulations are attached to try and place quality controls and responsibilities.  NO country is assigned to this type ship. “ZZ” will reflect that as recruiting country not assigned. Compliant e-logbook software must be used. Number of active Undesignated (ZZ) ships in our iVOS database: 155

5 5 VOS Observations (worldwide) for the month of April 2014

6 6 VOS observations with an overlay of VOSClim class ship observations VOSClim fleet is a class of reporting ships within VOS that aims to provide a high-quality Subset of VOS data in real-time and also in delayed-mode, supplemented by an extensive array of metadata to support global climate studies and research. VOSClim

7 7 Port Meteorological Officers 12 FTE, One PTE, Three Focal Point Alaska Region: Three Focal Point PMO’s Anchorage Anchorage Valdez (vacant) Valdez (vacant) Kodiak (vacant) Kodiak (vacant) Western Region: Three full time PMO’s Seattle Washington Seattle Washington Oakland/San Francisco CA (vacant) Oakland/San Francisco CA (vacant) Los Angeles CA (vacant) Los Angeles CA (vacant) Pacific Region: One part time PMO Honolulu Honolulu Central Region: One full time PMO Duluth, MN Duluth, MN Eastern Region: Four full time PMO’s New York City New York City Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD Norfolk, VA Norfolk, VA Charleston, SC Charleston, SC Southern Region: Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, FL Miami, FL Miami, FL New Orleans, LA (vacant) New Orleans, LA (vacant) Houston, TX Houston, TX

8 8 E-Logbook Software currently in use by Active US VOS Ships AMVERSEAS version 8.00 or older* % AMVERSEAS version % TurboWin % Manual (paper form B-81)809.6% *non compliant under WMO guidelines. iVOS Database numbers:

9 9 PMO’s individual fleets (Active reporting ships as of August 2014) PMO locationNumber of active ships in their fleet Total onboard ship visits performed by PMO over the last three months. (May, June, July) Anchorage, AK19921 Baltimore, MD3527 Charleston, SC320*(out to sea/cadet training) Duluth, MN6541 Honolulu, HI30 Houston, TX6450 Jacksonville, FL4851 Kodiak, AK962 (vacant) Los Angeles, CA360 (vacant) Miami, FL7642 New Orleans, LA240 (vacant) New York, NY7697 Norfolk, VA15125 San Francisco/Oak, CA90 (vacant) Seattle, WA5350 Valdez, AK00 (vacant)

10 10 VOS international commitments, activities and task teams…  VOS Drifter Donation Program  Task Team on Instrument Standards (TT-IS)  Ship Observations Team  Task Team on Metadata for WMO-47 (TT-Pub47)  Task Team on Satellite Communications Systems (TT-Satcom)  Task Team on VOS recruitment and program promotion (TT- VOSRPP)  Task Team on Training (TT-Training)

11 11  Three issues per year, December, April and August.  Going green and saving money.  International involvement  Hyperlinks provide opportunity for video, training tools and links to various NWS products. various NWS products.  Peer reviewed status Mariners Weather Log

12 12 Thank you!


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