Pictured from left to right: Lt. Shawn Antonelli, Dr. Hugh Roarty, Mr. Chris Shivock
LT. Shawn Antonelli from United States Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay made a visit with MARACOOS partners at RUCOOL on June 15, 2022. LT. Antonelli is the Command Center Chief for Sector Delaware Bay where he is the search and rescue mission coordinator for the sector. The United States Coast Guard answers approximately 45 search and rescue cases each day. Having the best environmental data to predict the trajectory of items lost at sea is of critical importance. Lt. Antonelli first received a briefing from Dr. Gerhard Kuska, Executive Director of MARACOOS. The conversation then focused on the development of offshore wind turbines in the Mid-Atlantic and how that will impact ocean observing as well as Coast Guard search and rescue operations. Dr. Hugh Roarty and Mr. Chris Shivock from Rutgers gave a presentation on the latest surface current products available to the Coast Guard for search and rescue. The meeting concluded with a goal to reconvene in the fall to discuss the DOPPIO ocean model and its relevance to Coast Guard operations.