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Volume 22, No. 3
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Applications of GODAE Ocean Current Forecasts to Search and Rescue and Ship Routing

Fraser J.M. Davidson Arthur Allen Gary B. BrassingtonØyvind BreivikPierre Daniel Masafumi Kamachi Satoshi SatoBrian KingFabien LefevreMarion SuttonHideki Kaneko
Article Abstract

As GODAE ocean forecast systems progress, their contributions toward improving the safety and efficiency of operations at sea will increase. In this article, we review present uses of GODAE ocean forecast systems for various safety applications at sea, including search and rescue drift calculations, iceberg drift calculations, ice cover prediction, and safety of offshore operations. Additionally, we review how various countries presently use safety and decision support tools that incorporate ocean current forecasts.


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