A Prototype Climate Information System
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA MARINE METEOROLOGY DIV
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This report describes a prototype Climate Information System CIS developed by the Atmospheric Directorate of the Naval Research Laboratory Detachment for use on the Tactical Environmental Support System, TESS3. The climatic data requirements for TESS3 are listed and the CIS design rationale and implementation methodology are documented. The CIS computer software reduces the time and effort required to locate, ingest, and analyze climatic data. The CIS remedies accessibility problems of existing climatologies by using a data base management system to manage on-line data sets. The use of compact computer media allows a wide range of climatic data to be distributed to Navy ships and facilities that would otherwise lack the necessary storage space. The CIS computer graphics capability improves data comprehension by remapping data to common projections. The CIS capabilities are demonstrated with sample data sets that partially meet the TESS3 requirements. Data sources for the remaining requirements are cited when they could be found, but meeting some requirements will require development of new climatologies. The CIS design allows addition of data sets as they become available.... Automated climatology, Climate information system, Tactical environmental support system.