Global ocean forecast model technology launched for public use

By Curious

An agreement will allow using Navy created global ocean forecast model technology by the public for making environmental ocean forecasts. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) & the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in cooperation with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) decided to release this technology. Navy's interest in developing  global ocean prediction system is known for a long time. Dr. Gregg Jacobs, head, NRL Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch said:

"This use of Navy developed systems for global ocean forecasting represents dual use technology that will benefit civilian interests and is an excellent example of the cutting edge research that is enabled through Navy sponsored investments."

Having an instrument which predicts the ocean environment is a way to provide crucial information to authorities. Different organizations were involved during the years in the development of this technology (the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and NRL research and development (R&D) invested in the project along with Oceanographer). The Navy has interest in using this technology (ocean environment prediction) for its goals like receiving data for the acoustic propagation, placement of sonar arrays, receiving information about currents for mine drift and burial, drift for search and rescue, and safety of operations on and under water. The ocean environment prediction is composed of three important components.

  • 1) Receiving Satellite Data about sea surface height, temperature and ice concentration with in situ information from all available sources and Navy ships.
  • 2) Numerical models revealing the dynamical action capable of revealing the secrets of the physics of the ocean and numerical methods for efficiently showing those physics.
  • 3) The process for creation of environmental ocean forecasts has to correct the numerical models with the help of the gathered from observations data.

All of these 3 steps are used by the Naval Oceanographic Office for predicting daily the global ocean processes. 

Example of similar systems: Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis