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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1791-1806, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1791-2016
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Research article
03 Aug 2016
VISIR: technological infrastructure of an operational service for safe and efficient navigation in the Mediterranean Sea
Gianandrea Mannarini1, Giuseppe Turrisi1, Alessandro D'Anca2, Mario Scalas3, Nadia Pinardi1,4, Giovanni Coppini1, Francesco Palermo1, Ivano Carluccio1, Matteo Scuro1, Sergio Cretì1, Rita Lecci1, Paola Nassisi2, and Luca Tedesco3 1CMCC, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici – Ocean Predictions and Applications, via Augusto Imperatore 16, 73100 Lecce, Italy
2CMCC, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici – Advanced Scientific Computing, Strada Provinciale per Arnesano (complesso Ekotekne), 73100 Lecce, Italy
3Links Management and Technology S.p.A. – via R. Scotellaro 55, 73100 Lecce, Italy
4Università degli Studi di Bologna, viale Berti-Pichat, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Abstract. VISIR (discoVerIng Safe and effIcient Routes) is an operational decision support system (DSS) for optimal ship routing designed and implemented in the frame of the TESSA (TEchnology for Situational Sea Awareness) project. The system is aimed to increase safety and efficiency of navigation through the use of forecast environmental fields and route optimization. VISIR can be accessed through a web interface (www.visir-nav.com) and mobile applications for both iOS and Android devices. This paper focuses on the technological infrastructure developed for operating VISIR as a DSS. Its main components are described, the performance of the operational system is assessed through experimental measurements, and a few case studies are presented.

Citation: Mannarini, G., Turrisi, G., D'Anca, A., Scalas, M., Pinardi, N., Coppini, G., Palermo, F., Carluccio, I., Scuro, M., Cretì, S., Lecci, R., Nassisi, P., and Tedesco, L.: VISIR: technological infrastructure of an operational service for safe and efficient navigation in the Mediterranean Sea, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1791-1806, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1791-2016, 2016.
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Safety and efficiency of navigation can be enhanced through a better situational awareness at sea. We designed and realized an operational infrastructure for providing the navigators with optimal routes through various devices: PC, tablets, and smartphones. Sea-state and wind forecasts are used as inputs. Both motor- and sailboat routes are addressed by VISIR.
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