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Navy aim to predict weather three months in advance with robot subs

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Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2014 11:18 PM by AlexMuller

Forecasting the weather is such a difficult job that we’re generally happy if it’s done correctly half of the time. Some folks want to give the power to the people when it comes to predicting the latest storm surge. Unsurprisingly, though, the U.S. Navy doesn't have time for all that.

 

Within the next ten years, Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather up to 90 days in the future, which should handily best your local TV weatherman.

 
Forecasts this far in advance require an awful lot of math, and in order to do this sort of math, you need to minimize variables. The weather-predicting issue with variable reduction is simple: we need information from under the sea. All over the place. Cue the submarine drones, which will be tracking data throughout the ocean, such as temperature and salinity.
 
Robots like the Slocum glider, a five foot long underwater drone that can descend to 4,000 feet that’s currently used to find good parking spots for submarines, will check the ocean environment every couple of seconds and report back to the mainland.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-18
+2
It would be great that we can have more long term and very accurate weather forecasts - this would allow more planing and is a good thing
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-18
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IT is good that the US Navy will share Navy Ocean Forecast System software with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, which will allow for better models and weather predictions for everyone. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-18
+1
Some interesting underwater developments recently. A new technology under development will use meta materials to boost underwater Li-Fi speeds by increasing the maximum rate at which the light sources transferring the data flicker. Lasers will contribute to supercharge underwater communications!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-18
+2
I like idea of Li-fi. Your power cord immediately becomes your data stream, so if you have power, you have Internet! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-18
+0
Absolutely wonderful....Just cant wait to lay my hands on it!!! Light up the world with DATA Reply
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