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March 11, 2016
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Pilot Studies Test Bottom-Mounted Temperature Loggers, Weather Stations on Fishing Boats

Getting ocean data has long been a goal of the National Weather Service, which can use real-time offshore information to validate and improve marine forecasts. NOAA oceanographers need similar data to ground-truth ocean circulation models. Fishermen need accurate marine forecasts and are interested in getting real-time data about ocean conditions from the bottom to the surface to improve their fishing operations.

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is collecting data from a variety of platforms that will benefit all three of these groups. Support for this effort has come from several NOAA groups, including the NEFSC’s Northeast Cooperative Research Program (NCRP). NCRP has been working with the region’s commercial fishing industry for years to expand electronic fisheries data collection and provide fine scale information that would benefit the industry as well as oceanographers and scientists interested in real-time analysis.

Two projects are currently underway on commercial fishing vessels, the first using a real-time temperature-depth logger to collect ocean bottom temperature data, and the second using a shipboard weather station to collect meteorological data. To learn more, click on each of the title links below.

Pilot Studies Test Bottom-Mounted Temperature Loggers on Fishing Boats

Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Northeast Cooperative Research Program

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