Denmark Automated Shipboard Aerological Programme (ASAP)

Updated 2012-07-24

The ASAP in its present form began in the mid1980s. The programme objective is to record profile data from the upper air strata in ocean areas using automated sounding systems carried on board merchant ships plying regular ocean routes. Several national meteorological services operate ASAP units and the collected data are made available in real time via GTS. ASAP data are archived alongside other radio sounding data by many national meteorological services. ASAP is an important contribution to both the WWW and GCOS. Today most of the soundings are from the North Atlantic and north-west Pacific, but the programme is expanding to other ocean basins through a new, co-operative World-wide Recurring ASAP Project (WRAP). Denmark operates two ASAP units mounted on ships plying fixed routes from Denmark to Greenland. The European meteorological cooperation EUMETNET started a special E-ASAP programme in December 2000. The programme aims at joint operation of the ASAP programmes under the European meteorological institutes.

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
1985 -
Data collection
1985 -
Data processing
1985 -
Data reporting
1985 -

Contact information

Contact person
- -
Address
Claus Kern-Hansen, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Air/aerosol
Seawater/suspended particulate matter

Geography

Regions studied
Denmark
Faeroe Islands
Greenland

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
Other institutes involved in the project

Danish Metereological Institute (DMI)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

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