The Environmental Post-Mission Analysis System: Through-the-Sensor to the Warfighter
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS MARINE GEOSCIENCES DIV
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The highly skilled, but leaner crews of todays Navy are tasked with compiling ever-increasing amounts of environmental knowledge. The mine hunters arsenal bristles with data-gathering equipment side-scan sonar, unmanned underwater vehicles, and meteorological sensors. Compounded with the work required to deploy, retrieve, and maintain this equipment, downloaded data from these platforms can easily overwhelm operators, and post-mission analysis may fall behind. Navy scientists at NRL develop data processing tools and algorithms to enable the warfighter to do more work in fewer steps, but there is a need for seamless data processing integration to ensure data are visible, available, and usable, when needed and where needed, to accelerate decision-making. NRLs Environmental Post-Mission Analysis EPMA system addresses this need with a powerful, cross-platform data analysis system that manages the compilation and integration of environmental data. EPMA is being developed for the mine warfare community, but will also have broader data analysis applicability. The system ingests and processes field data and formats it into products that can be used in analysis tools and prediction models to allow informed and timely decision-making.
- Information Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Environmental Health and Safety