Merchant Vessel Xutra Bhum : a platform of the IMOS SOOP Sea Surface Temperature sub-facility

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Researchers: Cabrie, Joel (Principal investigator) ,  Cabrie, Joel (Principal investigator) ,  Data Officer (Distributor) ,  Data Officer (Distributor)

Brief description The Merchant Vessel Xutra Bhum is a platform of the Enhancement of Measurements on Ships of Opportunity (SOOP) facility. The vessel is a container ship (callsign HSB3402 ), 196 m length (beam 32 m, draught - 10 m). It performed regular transects around Australian coasts up to Singapore, with use of this ship for data collection now discontinued (April 2013). SST data are processed from the hull-contact sensor SBE48 which is located in the bow thruster room at 8.5 m depth. Observed data are 1-minute median SST values and are retrieved from the vessel once an hour and quality controlled at the Bureau of Meteorology. A daily file is available after 0100 UTC. High-resolution 1-minute median data are available in the delayed mode approximately every 3 months.

Notes Credit
Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is enabled by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent.

Notes Credit
Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Data time period: 03 07 2012 to 12 04 2013

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