Maersk to release ocean weather data into public domain

A.P. Moller – Maersk has announced plans to release data gathered through all of the company’s historical and future ocean weather observations into the public domain, for free use by the scientific community around the globe.

This dataset alone, which has been collected by Maersk vessels since 2012, will increase the amount publicly available ocean weather data by 28%, the company says. The goal is to aid climate research and weather forecasts by providing weather data from the world’s oceans, where ground level data coverage is slim as most data comes from satellite observations.

“Maersk crews and vessels have collected weather observations for years, and we are proud that we now can share these data and help researchers in gaining a better understanding of the impact climate change has on our surroundings,” said Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards at Maersk.

“Climate change is without doubt one of the biggest challenges the global community is facing, and we have set an ambitious strategy for our business to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2040, but we have also as a part of our ESG strategy committed ourselves to contribute to climate and ocean science with data gathered from our vessels. An opportunity being our digitised weather observations.”

The data – more than 9 million observations – will be shared via the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), run jointly by UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). GOOS collects ocean weather observations for climate science and provides input to weather forecasts.

With all 300 Maersk-owned vessels sharing data multiple times a day, Maersk collects more than 7,000 observations every day. In collaboration with the National Meteorological Service of Germany, Maersk has also installed Automated Weather Stations on several of its vessels to collect a greater variety of data points at a higher quality, further improving the information available.

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