The Future of Marine Weather Prediction Technology

The Future of Marine Weather Prediction Technology

Improvements in weather prediction have benefited the marine community over the last decade. Gridded fields in the form of GRIB file format are readily available and are used for route planning by many.  Improvements in observing systems such as the QuikSCAT satellite and satellite altimeter measurements of wave heights have helped improve forecaster knowledge and numerical model forecast skill.  New satellite sensors are in the works and show promise detecting ocean thunderstorms via lightning detection, and cloud top height at higher resolution. Prediction systems have turned to multi numerical model forecast approaches by developing techniques to yield probabilities of key criteria such as wind speeds and wave heights.

Speaker: Joe Sienkiewicz

Joe Sienkiewicz is the Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center.  His branch supports OPC operations through technical development and science infusion.  Joe received his B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from the SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY (1980) and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington (1988).  He was a USCG licensed master and mate and worked in those capacity aboard NY based tugboats in the early 80’s.  Since graduate school he has served as marine forecaster, Senior Marine Forecaster, Science Officer, and Applications Branch Chief of the Ocean Prediction Center.  His professional interests include explosive cyclones, satellite sensed ocean winds, and wind wave current interaction.  Joe is also a sailor and races on Chesapeake Bay.

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