12 May 2016 Operational planning using Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service (COMPASS)
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The US Navy faces several limitations when planning operations in regard to forecasting environmental conditions. Currently, mission analysis and planning tools rely heavily on short-term (less than a week) forecasts or long-term statistical climate products. However, newly available data in the form of weather forecast ensembles provides dynamical and statistical extended-range predictions that can produce more accurate predictions if ensemble members can be combined correctly. Charles River Analytics is designing the Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service (COMPASS), which performs data fusion over extended-range multi-model ensembles, such as the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME), to produce a unified forecast for several weeks to several seasons in the future. We evaluated thirty years of forecasts using machine learning to select predictions for an all-encompassing and superior forecast that can be used to inform the Navy’s decision planning process.
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Alison O'Connor, Alison O'Connor, Benjamin Kirtman, Benjamin Kirtman, Scott Harrison, Scott Harrison, Joe Gorman, Joe Gorman, } "Operational planning using Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service (COMPASS)", Proc. SPIE 9848, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications XI, 98480D (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223328; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223328
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