SeaConditions: a web and mobile service for safer professional and recreational activities in the Mediterranean Sea
G. Coppini1, P. Marra2, R. Lecci1, N. Pinardi1,3, S. Cretì1, M. Scalas2, L. Tedesco2, A. D'Anca4, L. Fazioli5, A. Olita5, G. Turrisi1, C. Palazzo1, G. Aloisio1, S. Fiore1, A. Bonaduce1, Y. Kumkar1, S. A. Ciliberti1, I. Federico1, G. Mannarini1, P. Agostini1, R. Bonarelli1, S. Martinelli1, G. Verri1, L. Lusito1, D. Rollo2, A. Cavallo2, A. Tumolo2, T. Monacizzo2, M. Spagnulo2, R. Sorgente5, A. Cucco5, G. Quattrocchi5, M. Tonani6, M. Drudi6, L. Panzera1, A. Navarra1, and G. Negro21CMCC, Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, via Augusto Imperatore 16, 73100 Lecce, Italy 2Links S.p.a., Links Management and Technology, via R. Scotellaro, 73100 Lecce 3Università di Bologna, viale Berti-Pichat, 40126 Bologna, Italy 4CMCC, Fondazione Centro Euro–Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Advanced Scientific Computing, Ecotekne Strada Provinciale per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce, Italy 5CNR-IAMC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero, Oristano, Italy 6INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via Donato Creti 12, 40128 Bologna, Italy
Received: 15 May 2016 – Accepted for review: 20 Jun 2016 – Discussion started: 21 Jun 2016
Abstract. The provision of reliable and timely information on the environmental conditions at sea to professional and recreational users is of strategic importance for their safety and for the optimal execution of their duties and activities. The capacity of the users of having the environmental information in due time and with the adequate accuracy in the marine and coastal environment can be defined as Sea Situational Awareness (SSA). Many activities are nowadays performed at sea also in absence of an adequate information related to the environmental meteorological and oceanographic conditions, in this situations the users will have a reduced capability in response, and this could lead to major emergencies including loss of lives and, large environmental disaster with consequent enormous damages on economy, society and ecosystems. In the framework of the TESSA project, new SSA services for the Mediterranean Sea were developed and in this paper we present one of them named SeaConditions a web and mobile application for the provision of meteorological and oceanographic observation and forecasting products.
Model forecasts and satellite products from operational services, such as ECMWF and CMEMS are visualized on SeaConditions. In addition, layers relative to bathymetry, sea level, ocean colour data (chl-a and water transparency) can be displayed. Since CMCC and CNR make available ocean forecasts at high spatial resolutions these are included in the version of SeaConditions presented.
SeaConditions aims to provide a user friendly experience with a fluid zoom capability, facilitating the proper display of data with different levels of details. SeaConditions consists of "one stop shop" being a single point of access to interactive maps of quite different geophysical fields, delivering high quality information based on advanced oceanographic models. The SeaConditions services are available through both web and mobile applications. The web application is available at the address http://www.sea-conditions.com and is accessible to and compatible with present day browsers. Interoperability with GIS software is implemented. Users' feedback has been collected and considered for improving the service. The SeaConditions iOS and Android apps were downloaded so far (May 2016) by more than 105 000 users and more than 100 000 users have visited the web version.
Coppini, G., Marra, P., Lecci, R., Pinardi, N., Cretì, S., Scalas, M., Tedesco, L., D'Anca, A., Fazioli, L., Olita, A., Turrisi, G., Palazzo, C., Aloisio, G., Fiore, S., Bonaduce, A., Kumkar, Y., Ciliberti, S. A., Federico, I., Mannarini, G., Agostini, P., Bonarelli, R., Martinelli, S., Verri, G., Lusito, L., Rollo, D., Cavallo, A., Tumolo, A., Monacizzo, T., Spagnulo, M., Sorgente, R., Cucco, A., Quattrocchi, G., Tonani, M., Drudi, M., Panzera, L., Navarra, A., and Negro, G.: SeaConditions: a web and mobile service for safer professional and recreational activities in the Mediterranean Sea, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-176, in review, 2016.