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Observations as Assets in Decision Support

C.J. Beegle-Krause(1), Arthur Allen(2), Frank L. Bub(3), Eoin Howlett(1), Scott Glenn(4), Josh Kohut(4), Oscar Schofield(4), Eric Terrill(5), Julie Thomas(6), Michelle C. Tomlinson(7), Joaquin Tintoré(8)

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Natural disaster mitigation, maritime accident response (e.g. oil spills such as the Prestige in Spain), maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, and protecting the public during Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) outbreaks all share the common need: decision makers responsible for managing the incident require available reliable information, particularly observations of ocean and coastal conditions. Examples for SAR, oil spill response, port operations and HAB forecasting are explored to identify key aspects of observational systems. Design of an observational network should consider these end-user needs: - Metadata Standards - Assimilation-friendly data delivery - Model validation usage - Interoperability with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - User authentication - User notification regarding system status - Sufficient bandwidth for connectivity with users - Archive capability - Other user needs.

1Applied Science Associates, 55 Village Square Drive, South Kingston, RI 02881, USA
2U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Search and Rescue (CG-5341), U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol, 1 Chelsea Street, New London, CT 06320, USA
3Naval Oceanographic Office, 1002 Balch Blvd, Stennis Space Center, MS 39525, USA
4Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA
5Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 291 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92106, USA
6Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 9500 Gilman Drive M/C 0214, La Jolla, CA 92093-0214
7Coastal and Oceanographic Assessment, Status & Trends Branch, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) / Center for Coastal Monitoring & Assessment, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC-IV, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
8OceanBit and IMEDEA (Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados) (CSIC-UIB (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas /University of the Balearic Islands)), Parc Bit, Naorte, Bloc A, 2ªp. pta. 3, E-07121 Palma, Spain

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This paper shall be cited as:

Beegle-Krause, C. & Co-Authors (2010). "Observations as Assets in Decision Support" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.03

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