83rd Annual

Thursday, 13 February 2003: 11:45 AM
FBE-J 1: a real-time application of Naval nowcast and forecast technology
Jennifer Strahl, SAIC, Monterey, CA; and D. Geiszler, J. Kent, J. Cook, G. Love, J. McCarthy, L. Phegley, J. Schmidt, T. Tsui, Q. Zhao, S. Bargsten, F. Franco, L. Frost, M. Frost, D. Grant, R. Mantri, D. Martinez, and L. N. McDermid
Poster PDF (69.4 kB)
The Marine Meteorology Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is currently developing two automated on-scene systems to deliver high-resolution meteorological information to the fleet's operational forecasters, war fighters, and decision-makers. These systems are operational extensions of existing and evolving research efforts in real-time data fusion and data assimilation. The state-of-the-art for the assessment of battlespace environmental conditions is advancing from an infrequent, single-station perspective to a 4-D awareness by continuous fusion of multi-source observations and on-scene short-term mesoscale model predictions. Meteorological information in the 0-2h ("nowcast") timeframe is critical to tactical decision-making within the battlegroup, and until now, observations and real-time mesoscale forecasts have not been effectively bridged for Naval interests. NOWCAST for the Next Generation Navy, together with the NRL Coupled Ocean/Atmospheric Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPSTM) - On-Scene (COAMPS-OSTM) at theater centers and shipboard, compose the on-scene, tactical-scale tier of NRL's telescoping strategy for mission success.

NOWCAST for the Next Generation Navy is an enterprise-class, network-centric data fusion system that will allow the forward-deployed battlegroup to automatically and continuously blend meteorological data from available sources to characterize the battlespace virtual natural environment. NOWCAST continuously transmits updated products directly to end-users and allows grouping and tailoring of the products to specific war-fighting and decision-making requirements, thus providing a capability for common environmental situational awareness. COAMPS-OSTM is described in Part II.

The synthesis of COAMPS-OSTM and NOWCAST as components of Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet (FBE-J), July-August 2002, will be described. FBE-J is the Naval component of the US Joint Forces Command Millennium Challenge 02, in which live and simulated exercises involving technological innovations support various experiment initiatives. NOWCAST and COAMPS-OSTM clients during FBE-J include the USS Coronado, Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center - San Diego (NPMOC-SD), and Naval Air Warfare Centers (NAWC) at Pt. Mugu and China Lake, CA.

Supplementary URL: http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/Apps/nowcast