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StormGeo launches tropical cyclone routing support

StormGeo’s shipping division (formerly AWT), has announced the launch of a new multi-model system to support on board decision making in relation to routes that may be affected by tropical cyclones.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Tropical Cyclone Multi-Model (TCMM) track technology analyses a range of available data to narrow the ‘cone of uncertainty’ resulting from this kind of severe weather system – the area extending out from a storm on a forecasting map that projects the cyclone’s path.

The ‘cone of uncertainty’ concept was developed by The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the US, using historical data to demonstrate forecast error. However, StormGeo says that this method is limited in its ability to display multiple possible tracks because the cone dimensions do not vary based on forecast uncertainty or confidence level.

As such, the TCMM system aims to improve on traditional results by incorporating existing StormGeo voyage routing support technologies to indicate the most likely path of the tropical cyclone and providing a range of possible alternate routes.

“Understanding the likelihood of encountering a tropical cyclone on a given shipping route days in advance of the occurrence and having the benefit of time necessary to navigate away from the dangerous situation are vital for safe operations,” said Richard Brown, StormGeo ship operations’ CEO.

“With our new technology, captains have information to help them make better decisions in the face of inherently erratic weather conditions.”

“Our customers rely on StormGeo for the most innovative products in the industry, and our new technology delivers on our promise. The data on which the system is built was collected from four major weather agencies’ ensembles, and 94 algorithms were created to parse the data into one multi-model ensemble. This is a leading edge, advanced weather and navigational achievement with great potential for improving shipping safety.”

The new track technology is included in the latest versions of StormGeo’s onboard BVS and Routing Advisory Service. Clients will also receive colour-coded graphics, four times a day, to help them to assess where the most likely tracks will occur.{/mprestriction}

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