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Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)
Entry ID: NOAA_PORTS
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Summary
Abstract: The Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) is a program of the
National Ocean Service that supports safe and cost-efficient navigation by
providing ship masters and pilots with accurate real-time information required
to avoid groundings and collisions. This technological innovation has the
potential to save the maritime insurance industry from multi-million dollar
claims resulting from shipping accidents. PORTS includes centralized data
acquisition and dissemination systems that provide real-time water levels,
currents, and other oceanographic and meteorological data from bays and harbors
to the maritime user community in a variety of user friendly formats, including
telephone voice response and Internet. Also, PORTS provides nowcasts and
predictions of these parameters with the use of numerical circulation models.
Telephone voice access to accurate real-time water level information allows
U.S. port authorities and maritime shippers to make sound decisions regarding
loading of tonnage (based on available bottom clearance), maximizing loads, and
limiting passage times, without compromising safety.

PORTS is critical to environmental protection, since marine accidents can lead
to hazardous material spills that can destroy a bay's ecosystem and the
tourism, fishing, and other industries that depend on it. The human,
environmental, and economic consequences of marine accidents can be staggering,
as demonstrated by the 35 deaths caused by the May 1980 ramming of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay (which led to the first PORTS installation), and
the estimated $3 billion cost of the EXXON Valdez accident in 1989.

Several users and potential users of PORTS, have requested access to PORTS
observations and information in a form that could be used as input to real-time
applications. The following document describes a system of flat files to allow
users to get access to the data.

(Summary adapted from NOAA)

Related URL
Link: GET RELATED DATA SET METADATA (DIF)
Description: Associated DIFs with PORTS

Link: GET RELATED SERVICE METADATA (SERF)
Description: NowCoast contains links to a variety of outside sources. The ownership of the
web sites to which the portal is linked will be clearly visible and retained
by
them, while the integrity of the nowCoast Web portal connection will be
maintained by CSDL. Presently, the portal provides links to oceanographic
and/or weather observations: NOS PORTS and National Water Level Observation
Network stations, National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) fixed buoys and C-MAN
stations, National Weather Service's (NWS's) Interactive Weather Information
Network, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Automated Surface
Observing System sites, the EPA's Environmental Monitoring for Public Access
Community Tracking (EMPACT) stations, as well as non-federal government run
stations, NWS NEXRAD reflectivities; river observations: United States
Geological Survey (USGS) river gages, INFLOWS stations; river forecast
guidance: NWS River Forecast Centers (RFC); and weather and oceanographic
forecasts: individual products of National Centers for Environmental
Prediction's (NCEP's) Marine Prediction Center, NWS coastal Weather Forecast
Offices, NOS estuarine forecast models, and NWS Extra-Tropical Storm-Surge
Model.

Link: GET DATA
Description: PORTS Historical Data Retrieval web page.
Service Citation
Title: Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)
Provider: National Ocean Service, NOAA
URL: http://co-ops.nos.noaa.gov/d_ports.html
ISO Topic Category
ELEVATION
OCEANS
Service Provider
Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Service Provider Personnel
Name: STEVE LYLES
Phone: 301-713-2981
Email: Stephen.Lyles at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
1305 East-West Highway N/OPS3
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
Personnel
TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2005-08-17
SERF Last Revision Date: 2009-06-09
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