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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., 17, 533-547, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-533-2017
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Research article
13 Apr 2017
SeaConditions: a web and mobile service for safer professional and recreational activities in the Mediterranean Sea
Giovanni Coppini1, Palmalisa Marra2, Rita Lecci1, Nadia Pinardi1,3, Sergio Cretì1, Mario Scalas2, Luca Tedesco2, Alessandro D'Anca1, Leopoldo Fazioli4, Antonio Olita4, Giuseppe Turrisi1, Cosimo Palazzo1, Giovanni Aloisio1, Sandro Fiore1, Antonio Bonaduce1, Yogesh Vittal Kumkar1, Stefania Angela Ciliberti1, Ivan Federico1, Gianandrea Mannarini1, Paola Agostini1, Roberto Bonarelli1, Sara Martinelli1, Giorgia Verri1, Letizia Lusito1, Davide Rollo2, Arturo Cavallo2, Antonio Tumolo2, Tony Monacizzo2, Marco Spagnulo2, Rorberto Sorgente4, Andrea Cucco4, Giovanni Quattrocchi4, Marina Tonani5, Massimiliano Drudi6, Paola Nassisi1, Laura Conte1, Laura Panzera1, Antonio Navarra1, and Giancarlo Negro2 1CMCC, Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, via Augusto Imperatore 16, 73100 Lecce, Italy
2Links S.p.A., Links Management and Technology, via R. Scotellaro, 73100 Lecce, Italy
3Università di Bologna, viale Berti-Pichat, 40126 Bologna, Italy
4CNR-IAMC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per l'Ambiente Marino Costiero, Oristano, Italy
5INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via Donato Creti 12, 40128 Bologna, Italy now at Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, UK
6INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via Donato Creti 12, 40128 Bologna, Italy
Abstract. Reliable and timely information on the environmental conditions at sea is key to the safety of professional and recreational users as well as to the optimal execution of their activities. The possibility of users obtaining environmental information in due time and with adequate accuracy in the marine and coastal environment is defined as sea situational awareness (SSA). Without adequate information on the environmental meteorological and oceanographic conditions, users have a limited capacity to respond, which has led to loss of lives and to large environmental disasters with enormous consequent damage to the economy, society and ecosystems. Within the framework of the TESSA project, new SSA services for the Mediterranean Sea have been developed. In this paper we present SeaConditions, which is a web and mobile application for the provision of meteorological and oceanographic observation and forecasting products.

Model forecasts and satellite products from operational services, such as ECMWF and CMEMS, can be visualized in SeaConditions. In addition, layers of information related to bathymetry, sea level and ocean-colour data (chl a and water transparency) are displayed. Ocean forecasts at high spatial resolutions are included in the version of SeaConditions presented here.

SeaConditions provides a user-friendly experience with a fluid zoom capability, facilitating the appropriate display of data with different levels of detail. SeaConditions is a single point of access to interactive maps from different geophysical fields, providing high-quality information based on advanced oceanographic models.

The SeaConditions services are available through both web and mobile applications. The web application is available at www.sea-conditions.com and is accessible and compatible with present-day browsers. Interoperability with GIS software is implemented. User feedback has been collected and taken into account in order to improve the service. The SeaConditions iOS and Android apps have been downloaded by more than 105 000 users to date (May 2016), and more than 100 000 users have visited the web version.


Citation: Coppini, G., Marra, P., Lecci, R., Pinardi, N., Cretì, S., Scalas, M., Tedesco, L., D'Anca, A., Fazioli, L., Olita, A., Turrisi, G., Palazzo, C., Aloisio, G., Fiore, S., Bonaduce, A., Kumkar, Y. V., Ciliberti, S. A., Federico, I., Mannarini, G., Agostini, P., Bonarelli, R., Martinelli, S., Verri, G., Lusito, L., Rollo, D., Cavallo, A., Tumolo, A., Monacizzo, T., Spagnulo, M., Sorgente, R., Cucco, A., Quattrocchi, G., Tonani, M., Drudi, M., Nassisi, P., Conte, L., Panzera, L., Navarra, A., and Negro, G.: SeaConditions: a web and mobile service for safer professional and recreational activities in the Mediterranean Sea, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 533-547, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-533-2017, 2017.
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SeaConditions aims to support the users by providing the environmental information in due time and with adequate accuracy in the marine and coastal environments, enforcing users' sea situational awareness. SeaConditions consists of a web and mobile application for the provision of meteorological and oceanographic observation and forecasting products. The iOS/Android apps were downloaded by more than 105 000 users and more than 100 000 users have visited the web version (www.sea-conditions.com).
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