Marine forecast production and application in Atlantic Canada

Authors: Joel Finnis*, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Communication
Keywords: marine, fisheries, hazards
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Marine areas present a uniquely challenging working environment, in part due to the variety of ocean & weather hazards present. Marine forecasts remain a key tool for mitigating the impact of these hazards, while informing risk-based decision-making. The practice forecast production and dissemination is evolving rapidly with new technology, identified needs, and growth in the private forecast industry; at the same time, forecast users continue to explore new sources and means of accessing information in an attempt to better meet their needs. It is not, however, clear that marine forecast production and use are always evolving together, particularly in sectors with limited direct contact with meteorological service providers. Through interviews with forecast producers and users, we contrast current practices of forecast production, communication, and application in a hazard-rich cold-ocean environment. In addition to exploring user needs, we look at ways practitioners and end-users think about marine forecasting, balance observations and predictions, and adjust behavior in response to critical events. Communication between producers and end-users, as well as between colleagues, is considered, and parallels are drawn between forecast production practices and in-situ interpretation among fisheries workers.

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