Satellite Ocean Winds and Waves Use at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center
WMO Satellite Skills
Joseph Sienkiewicz discusses forecasting challenges for large ocean areas along with the application of satellite winds and waves.
Length: 60 min
Author: Joseph Sienkiewicz (NOAA)
The NOAA Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) is responsible for weather warnings and forecasts for the western North Atlantic and eastern and central North Pacific Oceans. The oceans remain relatively data sparse for observed conditions. To compensate, OPC has successfully used winds from scatterometers and wave heights from altimeters to better understand and predict hazardous conditions over the waters of responsibility. Weather forecasting challenges for large ocean areas will be discussed along with the application of satellite winds and waves.