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Webinar: NOAA Provides Tampa Bay Pilots with an Integrated Oceanographic and Meteorological Forecast Tool

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:00

Wednesday, October 11, 2017. 12:00PM. Webinar: NOAA Provides Tampa Bay Pilots with an Integrated Oceanographic and Meteorological Forecast Tool. Cristina Urizar, NOAA/NOS/Center for Operational and Oceanographic Products and Services - CO-OPS. Sponsored by Center for Satellite Applications and Research. More information here.


On August 1, 2017, NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) launched the Tampa Bay Marine Channels Forecast, an integrated suite of oceanographic and meteorological forecast products focused along the navigation channels of Tampa Bay. The product, initially developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Weather Forecast Office (TBWFO) at the behest of local pilots, includes a critical visibility forecast for the region. As a result of this new product, ship pilots no longer have to check multiple sources for information as they navigate the marine channels. The map-interface tool integrates forecasted water levels and tidal currents from CO-OPS with 24-hour weather forecasts, including winds, wind gust, visibility, rain chance, and marine hazard alerts from the TBWFO.


In addition to providing an overview of the product, Cristina will discuss various technical challenges that were resolved to integrate the two sets of forecast products. Additionally, Cristina will describe CO-OPS’ methods for maintaining this operational product reliably on a long-term basis.

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