The observation at sea for marine meteorology is achieved by weather reports from merchant ship’s crew every 3 or 6 hours, mainly. However, the number of available observation data is insufficient for weather forecasting and marine environmental simulation, compared with landside. Nowadays, the special data collection function is required if the automatic observation data collection system is installed on ship. But, it is difficult to install special equipment onto general merchant ship. Therefore, we develop a prototype marine observation system, which can be installed various types of ships easily without any special data collection function for improving data collection source and/or period of the observation at sea.
In this paper, a) the configuration of high reliability and durability marine observation system by using general-purpose PC and general meteorological / oceanographic sensors, b) outlook of utilizing the data, which collected by this system, are described.