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AUG 2017

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40 st / August 2017 www.sea-technology.com they happen through a collaborative online map interface. Not only can centers and ships plan ahead together, they can also share conditions in real time to determine the best course of action. Marine Renewable Energy, Utilities An often-overlooked marine sector that needs real-time weather alerts is the energy and utility industries. Weather forecasting, severe weather alerts and data modeling are ex- tremely important to a variety of energy providers, including utility companies and renewable energy operations. Severe weather alerting answers critical questions, such as: What is the optimal offshore turbine for the local cli- mate? How to transport electricity safely with awareness of pending outages? Is it safe to send personnel out to repair an outage? When it comes to renewables, both climate and weather actually determine available inputs for renewable energy. Companies such as StormGeo help quantify the supply by capturing and translating meteorological data and forecasts. Detailed weather forecasting and data modeling are also great for designing the optimal offshore turbine and taking the right position in energy-trading markets. Conclusion Severe weather alerting is a great way to protect people, operations and infrastructure, but it needs to be paired with decision makers who hold the alerts in high regard. The Roy- al Caribbean cruise received alerts from NOAA, yet ignored them. This was the wrong decision. If you're using one of the best alerting systems, such as Earth Networks' Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, you must also adhere to them. Without the proper respect, severe weather alerts are nothing more than a sound on your mobile devices or a polygon on your screen. You need both severe weather alert- ing applications and a seriousness when it comes to acting on warnings to truly optimize operations and minimize risk. When seeking a technology solution for severe weather as it relates to marine applications, it is important to con- sider the range and variability of a platform's approach to lightning and severe weather detection. ST Max Borges serves as the director of international business development for Earth Networks. His primary focus is on the Americas and the Caribbean, driv- ing Earth Networks' regional presence and managing a growing partner net- work utilizing Earth Networks' weather data services. Borges works with nu- merous partners domestically and internationally to integrate real-time weather information into industry-specific solutions, including oil and gas. Filomena Martini is a marketing coordinator at Earth Networks. She drives Earth Networks' community engagement and content marketing efforts to illustrate how organizations around the world are leveraging the company's weather in- telligence solutions. Check out the Earth Networks blog at www.earthnetworks. com/blog to learn more. Networks' broader environmental monitoring network is one of several initiatives to improve its product. DTAs also have comparable false alarm rates and bet- ter lead times than National Service warnings that primarily use satellite, radar (if available) and human forecasters. In the U.S., DTAs are extremely complementary to the U.S. National Weather Service warnings and can even alert on additional weather events. In countries with less developed meteorological infrastructure, these alerts can be critical to informing the public of real-time storm activity. Oil and Gas Having access to accurate weather data is very important for the offshore oil and gas industry. Oceanic weather condi- tions such as winds and waves can threaten both equipment and personnel, but with weather alerts backed by a total lightning network, you can plan ahead. Real-time weather data also enable offshore operations to take advantage of weather windows and figure out if there is any causation between current weather conditions and malfunctioning equipment. Severe weather alerting answers critical questions, such as: Should we deploy equipment? What is the most cost- efficient route? How much time is needed to prepare? How do we adjust staffing to maximize operational efficiency? Should we continue operations or move to safety? Not only does weather play a key role in stationary op- erations and decisions, but it could seriously affect routing as well. High winds and waves will decrease vessel perfor- mance and create dangerous situations. StormGeo priori- tizes dynamic vessel behavior monitoring for overall opera- tional efficiency for its clients. Through ENTLN, StormGeo provides a detailed, accurate, real-time picture of how the weather will affect a vessel's performance. Shipping Another marine industry that can optimize operations with total lightning-based severe weather alerting is ship- ping. Whether it's figuring out strategic route recommenda- tions, ETA and cost estimates, or safely transporting cargo, shipping professionals require severe weather alerting tech- nology. Severe weather alerting answers critical questions, such as: How to sail the optimal route with minimal cost? Which route will minimize damage? Which route will minimize risk for injury to personnel? How to achieve the required ETA? Weather data are key to have both at onshore shipping centers and on the vessels themselves. It is imperative that both areas have access to real-time communications chan- nels during severe weather. Earth Networks' Sferic Maps is a visualization and collaboration tool that enables users in different locations to see real-time weather conditions as "Oceanic weather conditions such as winds and waves can threaten both equip- ment and personnel, but with weather alerts backed by a total lightning network, you can plan ahead."

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