Underway Data PolicyWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s research vessels routinely collect bathymetry, sea surface temperature, conductivity and meteorological data which are valuable for real time weather prediction applications as well as operational planning and evaluation. These data items are collected during all periods at sea utilizing permanently installed sensors maintained by the Shipboard Scientific Support Group.
The resulting data sets, along with ship position, heading and speed information are considered “operational” and not proprietary to the science party. Data sets generated during a cruise at the request of the science party will normally include these data items but they may also be available in nearly real time to persons not associated with the cruise.
The Chief Scientist for any cruise may request information on how these data items are likely to be distributed and request an exception to this policy if deemed appropriate.