Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– October 2014
RPS MetOcean Pty Ltd
Meteorological and Oceanographic Measurement Services
MetOcean Engineers provide meteorological and oceanographic measurement services to government departments, ports & harbors, and oil & gas companies.
Government departments include the following organizations:
The Argos service fulfils three important roles when undertaking measurement programs for the above organizations:
A prime example of the above would be the dissemination of met-ocean data to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) from various locations around the WA North West Shelf and other regions in Australia. There is a severe dearth of real time met-ocean data in the Southern Ocean which makes offshore weather forecasting difficult compared to other areas of the world.
Data are transmitted to the BOM on a routine basis to improve reliability of their weather forecasting and tropical cyclone warning service, primarily for safety of offshore shipping and remote coastal towns and villages. Metocean data buoys are deployed by WNI at selected sites, each carrying Argos PTTs to provide data backup and position monitoring. The latter service is important as it allows the prompt recapture and redeployment of expensive buoys in the event of b) above and hence minimizes any subsequent disruption to the data dissemination process.
Some of these buoys provide measurements all year round whilst others are deployed only during the tropical cyclone season.