Accession Number : ADA296676
Title : A Self-Contained Wind Speed, Direction and Location System for Buoys and Ships in the World Ocean Circulation Experiment.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
Personal Author(s) : Hosom, David S. ; Weller, Robert A. ; Allsup, Geoffrey P.
PDF Url : ADA296676
Report Date : 02 AUG 1994
Pagination or Media Count : 25
Abstract : Knowledge of the absolute wind velocity near the surface of the ocean is a requirement of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and other large programs directed towards understanding air-sea interactions and how ocean circulation and climate are interrelated. The measurement is made possible using IMET (Improved METeorology) modules, a next generation meteorological data acquisition system developed as part of the WOCE program. An IMET system consists of a set of intelligent modules for each measurement variable, with data being recorded on a computer, typically PC-based. The IMET wind module includes a propeller for wind speed, a vane and optical encoder for wind direction, a flux gate compass for the north reference, and microprocessor-based electronics for control and data formatting. The IMET Global Positioning System (GPS) module includes a five channel GPS receiver and microprocessor based electronics for control and data formatting. These modules, as part of the complete measurement suite, result in a self-contained system that can make accurate measurements from research ships, drifting and moored buoys, and volunteer observing ships (VOS). (MM)
Descriptors : *SHIPS, *OCEAN CURRENTS, *NAVIGATION, *WIND DIRECTION, *WIND VELOCITY, *AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, OCEAN SURFACE, MICROPROCESSORS, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, POSITION FINDING, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, CLIMATOLOGY, BUOYS, MOORED BODIES.
Subject Categories : Meteorology
Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE