SeaConditions is a public service providing oceanographic, sea state and weather at sea. Forecasts concerning the Mediterranean Sea are produced by numerical models using satellite observations and in situ data (e.g. opportunity ships and buoys). The computation is based on state-of-the-art ocean models, delivering detailed information with high spatial and temporal resolution. Forecasts for a time-span of 5 days, with a time resolution of 3 and 6 hours, are produced. SeaConditions provides following information:
- Oceanographic and sea state forecast that is: sea surface temperature, surface currents, significant wave height and direction, wave period and direction;
- Meteorological forecast that is: air-temperature at 2 meter a.g.l., surface pressure, precipitation, cloud coverage, 10 meter a.g.l. wind.
The forecasts are displayed as an information layer superimposed on a Google-map. The graphical rendering includes color shading and/or arrows, depending on the field to be displayed.
SeaConditions is a product of the TESSA project, executed by:
- Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) and Istituto per l'Ambiente Marino e Costiero (IAMC-CNR). These project partners are responsible for the research activities and the distribution of ocean model products;
- Links s.p.a., which has realized the system for web publication of the forecasts.
Meteorological forecasts are produced and certified by the Italian Meteorological Service (http://www.meteoam.it/).
Oceanographic and wave forecasts are produced by the Mediterranean Forecasting System (gnoo.bo.ingv.it/mfs) of the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV, Bologna, Italy).