Mariners, search and rescue crews, emergency managers and others are eager to access information on sea and weather conditions before heading out on the water. Ocean observations and web-based tools play a key role in promoting safe and efficient maritime transportation and recreational boating. SECOORA provides:
- A geographically rich set of sustained real-time observations
- Enhanced access to marine weather data
- Surface current data to aid search and rescue efforts
Users of Marine Operation data include forecasters at the NOAA National Weather Service. Chip Kasper, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Florida Keys National Weather Service, indicated that “having knowledge of surface ocean current speed and direction from the project’s HFRs will improve the quality of NOAA/National Weather Service short-term weather and ocean warnings and forecasts in the maritime domain.”
Below are examples of SECOORA supported efforts related to Marine Operations.
Marine Weather Portal
Provides a one-stop shop for marine observations, forecasts, and short and long-fuse warnings for the coastal waters of the Southeast region.
A new High Frequency Radar was installed near Marathon, Florida to study the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System by the University of South Florida’s Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System, in cooperation with Rutgers University and the University of Miami.
SECOORA Data Portal: In-situ Stations
SECOORA funds many in-situ stations – buoys, metrological, and coastal stations – in the Southeast U.S.