Helping Meteorologists and Oceanographers worldwide

The DBCP is an international program coordinating the use of autonomous data buoys to observe atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, over ocean areas where few other measurements are taken.

Improving global forecasts of weather and ocean conditions

Data buoys measure air pressure, sea surface temperature, ocean current velocity, air temperature, humidity, wave characteristics and wind velocity across all oceans. The DBCP aims to increase the quantity, quality, global coverage and timeliness of atmospheric and oceanographic data. These observations are relayed by satellite and used immediately to improve forecasts and therefore increase marine safety.

DBCP status for yesterday. Click here to see Monthly Network Map products
DBCP status map (buoy data on the GTS yesterday). View map legend »

Background of the DBCP

The DBCP was formed in 1985, as a joint body of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It makes up the data buoy component of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).
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About the DBCP

The DBCP aims to provide international coordination and assist those providing and using observations from data buoys, within the meteorological and oceanographic communities. It reviews and analyses requirements for such data and provides an international focus and liaison mechanism.
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