Military-developed global ocean prediction systems are coming online for the public.
March 11, 2014
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the National Center for Environmental Prediction have entered into a formal agreement that will let the public have access to Navy-developed global ocean forecast model technology.
The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is responsible for providing ocean environment forecasts using meteorology and oceanography, satellite and in situ monitoring systems, and geospatial information and services.
Previously, the combined information helped the U.S. Navy make strategic and tactical decisions worldwide while publicly available data was more limited to things like information from satellites and buoys. The new agreement allows the use of software to assimilate data for the public.