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Improved Meteorological Packages (IMET)

General Information

Exchanges of heat, gas and water across the air-sea interface couple the ocean and atmosphere in a dynamic system that creates and drives the planet's global climate. To understand this system's role in climate change, scientists have designed an array of buoy-based sensors that measure sea surface temperature, air temperature, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, solar and long-wave radiation, humidity, precipitation, and levels of aerosols such as ozone. These measurements permit increasingly accurate estimates of air-sea fluxes. The sensor packages include the capability to telemeter some data on a regular basis via satellite to a central data facility

Technical Information

Advantages:
Can measure a variety of meteorological parameters
Very accurate

Disadvantages:
Complex to operate
Heavy to transport

Data Produced:

  • Sea surface temperature
  • Air temperature
  • Wind speed/direction
  • Barometric pressure
  • Solar radiation
  • Long-wave radiation
  • Humidity
  • Precipitation
  • Aerosol levels

Further Information

Introduction modified from: University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), The Research Fleet, edited by Vicky Cullen, 2000.

WHOI DGE (IMET systems) Documentation, maintained by Geoff Allsup, Woods Hole, MA, 2002. (http://frodo.whoi.edu)

Last updated: April 10, 2007