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The measurement of sea-surface wind vectors are operationally input to meteorological models and to shipping routing forecasts. In addition there is a growth in the request to support renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

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The OceanoScientific® Programme

15 July 2010

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Scientists around the world model the evolution of the climate in order to precisely determine the causes and consequences of this warming. But those models sometimes need more support, as there is a real lack of scientific data efficiently validated. Nevertheless, satellite observation is very useful as it allows Scientists to monitor all the oceans nearly continuously.

In order to validate the accuracy of those satellite systems, the satellite data have to be compared with in situ data. And yet, those in situ information are at the moment: either unevenly collected around the Planet, with for example few data from the Southern Hemisphere (40% of the SolOceans course), or too few, or their quality is irregular and they are not collected frequently enough. As a summary, usable data is a major problem for Scientists around the world.

Since 2006, in collaboration with IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER), INSU-CNRS (Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and METEO FRANCE, SailingOne’s OceanoScientific® Programme team has defined its observation campaign of the atmosphere and of the ocean.

Eight types of data, identified by Scientists who are specialised in the evaluation of the Climate Change factors and who are partners of the OceanoScientific® Programme, are collected onboard the SolOceans One-designs:

  • True Wind Direction -
  • True Wind Speed
  • Air Humidity -
  • Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric Pressure
  • Sea Surface temperature -
  • Sea Surface Salinity
  • Partial Pressure of Carbon Dioxide in Sea Surface Water (pCO2)
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