Voluntary observing ship program

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Due to the importance of surface weather observations from the surface of the ocean, the voluntary observing ship program, known as VOS, was set up to train crews how to take weather observations while at sea and also to calibrate weather sensors used aboard ships when they arrive in port, such as barometers and thermometers.[1] An Automatic Voluntary Observing Ships (AVOS) System is an automated weather station that transmits VOS program reports.

See also


  1. ^ National Data Buoy Center. The WMO Voluntary Observing Ships (VOS) Scheme. Retrieved on 2008-01-13.

External links

  • World Meteorological Organization
  • The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM)
  • JCOMM Voluntary Observing Ship Scheme
  • VOS on NOSA
  • Australian Voluntary Observing Fleet
  • Canadian Voluntary Observing Ships Program
  • Dutch Voluntary Observing Ships and PMO Web Site
  • Hong Kong Voluntary Observing Ships Scheme
  • Indian Voluntary Observing Fleet
  • United States Voluntary Observing Ship Program
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