Improvement of METOC analysis and forecast visualizations
Barto, Keith P.
Wash, Carlyle H.
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Current METOC weather visualization tools do not allow war fighters, forecasters, and researchers to analyze and co-display environmental data over realistic topographic and bathyrnetric backgrounds. The Joint METOC Global Image Interface provides decision makers and geoscientists with an intuitive tool for interactively viewing, overlaying, and outputting the full suite of FNMOC distributed environmental data over realistic and accurate terrain, coastlines, hydrography, and locally obtained imagery. Full integration into the Joint METOC Viewer ensures minimal training time for operational use and geodata distribution is accomplished on the program distribution CD or over the web. The evolution of traditional METOC visualization, and the characteristics of the geodatabases are discussed and recommendations for further work in this area are presented. New capabilities are illustrated using real world examples drawn from diverse application areas.
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