Theme: Maritime Safety

Maritime Safety

The NOAA NWS Weather Forecast Offices are able to improve weather forecasts, especially in severe weather, with coastal winds from Weatherflow’s regional mesonet delivered through AWIPS for model assimilation and verification. They are also improving their Rip Current warnings for lifeguards through the use of MARACOOS nearshore waves and alongshore currents derived from the HF-Radar network delivered via the World Wide Web. The USCG personnel are using their Search And Rescue Optimal Planning System more effectively with MARCOOS coastal winds, HF Radar surface current maps, and statistical surface current forecasts delivered to the operational Environmental Data Server (EDS). Ship pilots are able to use water elevation, water depth, winds, currents, and density from MARACOOS observations and models that can only be delivered through NOAA PORTS for liability reasons.