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Within the private sector, Oceanweather serves mainly the international shipping, offshore industry and coastal engineering communities, for whom it develops design criteria in mature and frontier areas of offshore exploration and production and coastal development, and to whom it provides real time forecast services and decision support systems. The high-level of technology of these systems flows mainly from Oceanweather's research and development activity. Since its formation, Oceanweather has maintained a highly visible and productive research component, relative to the level of outside support it has received from US and foreign government agencies and industry.

For example, Oceanweather developed global and regional ocean wave models, which became operational for a time at US NOAA and US Navy forecast centers, the Canadian Meteorological Center and the Norwegian Meteorological Service. Oceanweather's tropical cyclone boundary layer model has been implemented by the US Navy, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute. Studies supported by NOAA, ONR, NASA and Atmospheric Environment Service (AES) of Canada have identified the critical attributes of meteorological forcing for successful ocean response model hindcasts and forecasts. Oceanweather have also contributed to the development and evaluation of microwave remote sensors to measure ocean surface roughness, wind and sea state. Dr. Cardone helped evaluate prototype airborne remote microwave sensors in the 1960s and the sensors on SKYLAB in the early 1970s. Oceanweather has contributed to NASA's SEASAT, NSCAT and QuikSCAT programs. Dr. Cardone was a member of WAM, an international team of ocean wave modelers active during the 1980s and coauthored the WAM third-generation (3G) deep water wave model. He is presently a member of the Senior Advisory Panel on the EC sponsored MAXWAVE Project.

Recent and current public projects at Oceanweather Inc. include assessment of the North Atlantic and global ocean wave climate trend and variability over the past 40-years based on the NOAA NCAR Reanalysis Products, application of scatterometer data to diagnose tropical cyclone intensity and structure, and development of improved tropical cyclone forecasts at landfall of storm surge, winds and coastal waves. Oceanweather senior research staff have contributed dozens of papers within the past 10 years to journals and major conference proceedings (see Recent Publications for a complete list).



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