Our forecast philosophy is to use man-interactive techniques and analysis tools to produce a better marine forecast than is possible using pure model forecast data. Our team of marine meteorologists, most with decades of experience, are dedicated to producing the best wind and wave forecasts.
Since 1983, Oceanweather has operated a real-time forecasting division. The methodology follows a unique approach of optimally combining traditional weather forecasting (which retains the contributions of individual forecasters) and Oceanweather's high-level technology developed and applied in its hindcasting and consulting divisions. The forecast system includes a global wind and wave forecast system and high resolution regional applications.
In 1983, Oceanweather (OWI) was approached to produce a wind and wave forecast for the Discoverer Seven Seas which was one of the largest drillships in the world. OWI had already built a reputation for pioneering the hindcast approach in developing metocean criteria for structure design as well as developing new wind, wave and tropical models. The result was the first operational forecast system which computed vessel response, an approach that is being "rediscovered" even today.
Since then, OWI forecasting has expanded rapidly. In the late 1980's the operational forecast was extended to the North Atlantic and North Pacific. A partnership with Ocean Systems produced the first onboard optimum ship routing system which has continued to evolve into today's Vessel Optimization and Safety System (VOSS). In the 1990's forecasting was extended to global coverage and regional high-resolution nested models began operational use. The first global wave graphics on the Internet appeared in 1994 as Oceanweather unveiled its Current Marine Data web site for the maritime community.