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River Science: AMVER SEAS

This autumn marks the launch of the Half Moon's participation in the AMVER and SEAS programs.

AMVER (Automated Mutual-assistance VEssel Rescue system) is a voluntary tracking system, operated cooperatively by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the U.S. Coast Guard, used to locate and rescue sea-going vessels in distress. SEAS (Shipboard Environmental data Acquisition System), also operated by NOAA, is a network of volunteer observers who report local weather patterns to form a collective, world-wide database of weather evaluation data. We on the Half Moon have now joined that network, submitting weather reports (including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and cloud cover) to NOAA through their automated system.

We collect this data by incorporating it into our Deck Log reports. On this voyage, Mr. Gans assumed the task of collecting this data, and submitting reports using the AMVER SEAS software.

With this program, our environmental observations on board the Half Moon now have direct, real-world results, adding to a broad and detailed weather reporting system used by thousands of ships at sea.

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