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Environmental Visualization and Horizontal Fusion

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The Environmental Visualization EVIS project is a collaborative effort among the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington. The EVIS team, a multidisciplinary group of physical scientists, computer scientists, and human factors psychologists, is tailoring the weather and oceanographic information provided to military personnel. The participation of the EVIS team in the Horizontal Fusion HF program, sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, has resulted in an innovative capability that provides mission critical environmental effects products via a web service oriented architecture. Personnel of the Multinational Forces-Iraq MNF-I are testing this new capability. The EVIS project began in 1997 as an Office of Naval ONR sponsored basic research project that focused on the human systems component of the U.S. Navy meteorology and oceanography METOC community. Researchers investigated the weather forecasting task and the associated processes such as gathering the necessary METOC data and information from both numerical forecast models and observations processing that information forming a mental model of the weather and providing an external explanation of the weather or the oceans effect on a warfighters mission. Based on this research, an applied project was funded by the ONR Future Naval Capability program to help solve noted problems in the flow of information from the source to the end-user. In 2003, the EVIS project was selected for inclusion in the Horizontal Fusion HF program. EVIS was tasked with developing technology to provide mission-critical environmental information to the HF portfolio members and end users within a secure web services architecture.

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  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

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