2 E-SURFMAR VOS Activities Scope of presentationWhat is E-SURFMAR and how does it workHow well are we performing and how good is our VOS dataWhich operational tools do we use to maintain our VOS fleetsWhat are our plans for automationWhat’s in the pipelineHow can we work together in the future
3 EUMETNET is a grouping of 31 European National Meteorological Services EUMETNET's mission statement is:"To help its Members to develop and share their individual and joint capabilities through cooperation programmes that enable enhanced networking, interoperability, optimisation and integration within Europe; and also to enable collective representation with European bodies in order that these capabilities can be exploited effectively."
4 E-SURFMAR (Surface Marine Observation Programme) E-SURFMAR is an “optional” EUMETNET programmeIts main objectives are to coordinate, optimise and progressively integrate European activities for surface observations over the sea in support of Numerical Weather Predictions.The current Programme Manager is Pierre Blouch from Météo-France.
5 E-SURFMAR Components Shipborne AWS (National and EUCOS fleets) Conventional VOS (National fleets)Moored buoys (National networks)Drifting buoys (EUCOS network)
7 Observations Programme Operational Service E-AMDAROperational Service Management E-AMDARE-AMDAR Expert TeamOperational Service E-ASAPOperational Service Management E-ASAPE-ASAP Expert TeamOperational Service E-SURFMAROperational Service Management E-SURFMARE-SURFMAR Expert TeamOperational Service E-PROFILEOperational Service Management E-PROFILEE-PROFILE Expert TeamOperational Service E-GVAPOperational Service Management E-GVAPE-GVAP Expert TeamProject OPERAProject Management OPERAOPERA Expert TeamObservations Programme ManagementObservations Scientific Expert Team (Obs-SET)Observations Programme Advisory Group (OPAG)
8 E-SURFMAR Requirements Implement an optimum overall surface marine network design, and to regularly revise it according to data user's requirements.The first design study (2004) led to an operational network of about 100 drifting buoys measuring air pressure and sea surface temperature in the North AtlanticFinancial and technical support for the operation of 4 moored buoys as a baseline for the calibration and the validation of satellite-derived wind and wave observations.Support for VOS activities in order to better coordinate and harmonise practices. This support includes compensation observations and communications.Operation of Shipborne Automated Weather Stations (S-AWS) in support of the network design and, in parallel, the automation of the observation aboard ships through the development of such stations.
9 E-SURFMAR Tasks Ordering/Delivery/Deployment of drifting buoys Managing participating members compensationsEvaluate and implement cost effective communication systems for S-AWS, VOS and buoys.Install/operate S-AWS aboard E-ASAP ships.Facilitate technical information exchangeTendering for EUCAWS with common specifications.Monitoring the availability, timeliness and quality of the data and resolving problems.Working closely with JCOMM Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) and Ship Observations Team (SOT).
10 E-SURFMAR Data ( within Eumetnet area ) Conventional VOSS-AWSDrifting buoysMoored buoys
12 VOS and S-AWS Targets & Performance (2014-Q1) Difficult to reach this targetStill too high despite efforts (QC feedbacks)To be reached in 2017Decreasing performance ? Needs investigation
13 E-SURFMAR Conventional VOS Target for : 250 obs/dayOperated by E-SURFMAR participants (national fleets)
14 E-SURFMAR Shipborne AWS Target for :1,600 obs./day (Excluding 400 obs./day provided by E-SURFMAR S-AWS )graph includes S-AWS operated by participants (national fleets) and by the programme (E-SURFMAR fleet)
15 E-SURFMAR Drifting Buoys Number of operating buoys close to the target of 100The problem of short lifetimes has been fixed at MetoceanLifetime problemsAverage number of observations received every day from the drifting buoysThanks to Iridium, more than 90% of the observations are now distributed onto the GTS within 50 minutes after the obs. time
16 E-SURFMAR – national fleet observations GermanyFranceUnited KingdomThe Nertherlands
17 Data Quality – Pressure RMS Manned VOSS-AWS?Present target: 1.0 hPaRequested: 0.8 hPaObservations carried out by EUMETNET shipsinside the EUMETNET area
18 E-SURFMAR Data Timeliness - HH+50’ Manned VOSS-AWSTarget: 90%Observations carried out by EUMETNET shipsinside the EUMETNET areaRequested target (Obs-SET): having more than nn% of observations available onto the GTS within 15 minutes after the observation time. Unrealistic for manned VOS, to be considered for S-AWS
19 E-SURFMAR - Data Quality Tools Automatically generated QC reports
20 E-SURFMAR - Metadata http://surfmar.meteo.fr/doc/vosmetadata_v6/ An online database was developed within E-SURFMAR to manage VOS metadata (WMO Pub47 format).It contains almost all VOS metadata available in the world (permanently updated) and links to monitoring and performance assessments
21 E-SURFMAR – Metadata Database – recent/planned developments Inspection reportsAbility to directly fill up the inspection reports online added. (report is prepared with metadata available in the database already filled in) . Done for VOSP001 at present only for the moment.ZZ fleet (Ancillary VOS)Authorized users can create VOS records under ZZ country.Inclusion of Offshore PlatformsRigs and platforms can now also be added using vsslM=90 (manned) or 95 (AWS)AIS Locations : link configurable and available for each VOSLink to marinetraffic.com position and tracks when MMSI number addedMonitoring reports byAbility to automatically send monitoring reports byA facility to request a report by is also being developed e.g. By mailing and specifying the call sign in the subject line [e.g. [obs report] : Call_Sign] you may automatically receive an Observations Monitoring Report for a given SHIP :J.Pierre KERSERHO, E-SURFMARMETEO-FRANCE
22 E-SURFMAR – Metadata Database – recent/planned developments Observations TrajectoryFrom the results of a query in the database, click on the 'Google maps' icon and consult in google map the trajectory of the Ship over the last 15 days of Observations received. Application will ask for login and password. Window will close automatically with the mouse positionAccess Observation Counters and Last Positions MapPossibility to count observation counters for listed VOS or to display the map their latest positions. E.g. if the contact form is filled up with company names, the user may do a query for a given company. The observation counters will provide the numbers of observations for this company and the last positions for its VOS.More exported files from ESURFMAR VOS DATABASEDaily export of VOSClim metadata available at ftp://esurfmar.meteo.fr/pub/Pub47J.Pierre KERSERHO, E-SURFMARMETEO-FRANCE
25 E-SURFMAR – TurboWin electronic logbooks TurboWin 5.5 (November 2014)Selected wind speed visualizationUpdate of applied checksVolcanic Ash reporting formTurboWeb/TurboWin+TurboWeb is primarily meant for ships with an internet connectionCan also be used as a standalone programWill interface to sensor data from the EUCAWS ( but also allow manned visual elements to be added)Can link to Vaisala 220/330 barometers to provide barograph chartinsert manually observed data
31 E-SURFMAR BaRos S-AWS 7 installed on E-ASAP containers 10 on ships plying in the Mediterranean SeaOne on a Cyprus moored buoy in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea4 are BaRos+ systems (Meteo-France upgrades) – one with Vaisala WXT520, 2 with Gill MetPak-IIThe most recent on a ferry plying between Portugal and Azores reports wind data.
32 E-SURFMAR EUCAWS development EuropeanCommonAutomaticWeatherStationA common AWS for European countries:Automation of European FleetStandardisation of systems – easier maintenanceHigher quantities, lower pricesAdaptable to many sensor typesCountries planning to participate –Germany (200),Netherlands (50) France (40), Ireland (5), Sweden (5)32
34 Data Acquisition & Transmission EUCAWS will be able to acquire:PressureTemperatureHumidityWindSSTHeading (compass)Navigational data (GPS)Connection with TurboWin to add visual observationsDesigned to be adaptable to a variety of sensors and multisensorsIridium Transmission - Port mode, Area mode, Trigger modeE-SURFMAR data format #100Only one processing centre to decode encode FM13 or BUFR messages
35 EUCAWS - Design Rack containing : CU board Power board Analog board Digital boardIridium boardGPS boardPower supply unitNMEA outputBarometerSensor connectionsI/O ProtectionSize : 46 x 55 x 26 cmWeight : 16 kg
36 EUCAWS - Site Acceptance Test On ship Armorique (Roscoff-Plymouth)3 systems to be prototype testedFactory Acceptance TestSite Acceptance TestAcceptance period lasts until June 201536
41 Other Issues being considered by E-SURFMAR Uniform Recruitment and Inspection reports for VOS & AWSFuture E-PMO WorkshopsContingency planning and backup (avoiding single points of expertise)National and E-SURFMAR links with major shipping companiesRecruitment to the VOS Ancillary Pilot Project & future use of WOWHarmonization of meteorological instruments & Replacement of mercuryFuture use of the Marine Observer’s Log – WikilogDifferences in real time and delayed mode dataThird party data sources
43 E-SURFMAR– Memoranda of Understanding MoU – Inspection of manually reporting and automated VOS by PMOs or technicians from other E-SURFMAR National Meteorological ServicesMoU’s between Meteo France and other members for data collection and processingMoU with NOAA – Coordination Annex
44 E-SURFMAR/NOAA - possible collaboration areas Manual VOS and AWS inspectionsDrifting buoy deploymentsTurboWin software developmentAWS developmentMetadata database developmentAIS toolsUniform inspection formsAncillary/support fleet developmentsLiaison with major shipping companiesPMO training/secondments/procedures/work instructions