Nowcast for the Next Generation Navy
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA MARINE METEOROLOGY DIV
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The long-term goal is to develop a high-resolution data fusion system to blend an ensemble of highly perishable, on-scene environmental data together into a consistent, integrated picture of the now environment. The system will provide a common environmental situational awareness directly to the warfighter for areas surrounding the battlegroup and over target locations. The situational awareness of weather hazard information is intended primarily to support naval aviation in time critical strike missions but may also be used in navigation, cruise missile weaponeering, and for ship self defense. The nowcast system will be owned, operated, and its quality assurance maintained by the METOC office. Products will be web-based and warfighter-defined for ease of interpretation. The specific objectives of this project are to design and develop a prototype client server nowcast data fusion system, to develop example products using a wide variety of data sources, and to get enduser buy-in through a series of high-level briefings and through an Integrated Product Team IPT process that is designed to ensure the products developed are useful to the warfighter.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography