ANNOUNCES FORECASTS OF ENTIRE ATLANTIC BASIN
Feb. 1, 2006 — The NOAA Environmental Modeling Center, Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch, has implemented a new revolutionary Real-Time Ocean Forecast System that will provide mariners with "nowcasts" and five-day forecasts for the entire North Atlantic Ocean. The Real-Time Ocean Forecast System generates applications that can support operations at sea such as search and rescue operations, containment of toxic spills, exploration of natural resources, fishing, recreation and much more. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view of Real-Time Ocean Forecast System. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)
ocean forecasting for areas from Europe to the U.S. East Coast and from
the Caribbean to Canada represents a major step in NOAA's commitment
to forecasting the Earth system," said retired Navy Vice Admiral
Conrad C. Lautenbacher,
Jr., Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere
and NOAA administrator. "These new capabilities provide us with
the potential to mitigate impacts from natural hazards and are just
one example of the tangible benefits of an integrated observation system"
"The inclusion of the new ocean prediction system will contribute to NOAA's ongoing effort to improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts throughout the entire Atlantic Ocean basin," said Steven Lord, director, the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center.
The Real-Time Ocean Forecast System for the Atlantic Ocean produces daily "nowcasts" and five-day forecasts over the Atlantic Ocean domain of 25 degrees south to 70 degrees north and across the basin from west to east, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Maine and Gulf of St. Lawrence. The system replaces the regional Ocean Forecast system, which covered a limited part of the U.S. East Coast.
The critical part of Real-Time Ocean Forecast System was developed at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and adapted by the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center and NOAA's other operational settings. "This new system represents a collaborative approach that works," said Louis W. Uccellini, director of the NOAA Centers for Environmental Prediction. "The system has been in operation for six weeks and is demonstrating improved forecast skill over the previous system."
Work on the Real-Time Ocean Forecast System was partially supported through a National Ocean Partnership Project grant. It is the first in a series of the Environmental Modeling Center's real-time, high-resolution ocean forecast system implementations over the next decade. Currently, global and Pacific Ocean (Earth's largest body of water) versions of this system are under development.
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safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related
events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal
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