WorldWinds, SPoRT enhance tracking product

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Published: October 29,2009

Tags: environmernt, Weather, wildlife

HANCOCK COUNTY — Stennis Space Center-based WorldWinds Inc. and the NASA Short–term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) at the Marshall Space Flight Center have enhanced a product to track favorable conditions of certain pelagic fish species.

The daily Chlorophyll–a composite product uses data from NASA’s MODIS satellite and has been applied in the XMWX commercial weather product, which provides live, site-specific atmospheric and oceanographic information to motorists, boaters, outdoorsmen, commercial mariners and emergency personnel allowing them to make more informed decisions while saving time and fuel.

To provide mariners with all of the needed aspects of meteorological and oceanographic data, WorldWinds and partners WxWorx and XM Satellite Weather, developed a suite of data products, dubbed XMWX, that includes: current in–situ measurements; sea surface temperature; significant wave height, period, and direction; current and forecasted wind, sea level pressure, and visibility; cloud cover mosaic; marine zone forecasts, additional in–house proprietary data, including FishBytes; and, other pertinent information.

Funding and support for this project is from the NASA SPoRT group at Marshall Space Flight Center.  WorldWinds has made this data available to the public. Data is posted to the public web site within one hour of the daytime MODIS/Aqua collection and can be accessed at www.worldwindsinc.com/Chlorophyll.htm.

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