An interactive data explorer that instantly gives maritime planners the world’s wind and wave climate, free metocean analyses, and the ability to download key metocean statistics—that’s Global Data Explorer from UK-based environmental and research services consultancy ABPmer. Seawork attendees learned about it almost by accident, as ABPmer’s Tracey Hewett told NauticExpo e-magazine.
“I attended a Marine South East workshop on Business Opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at Sea and in the Q&A session asked if weather was considered in these hybrid structures’ buildability assessment. ABPmer has a weather downtime calculator regularly used by the offshore sector. A delegate asked if that tool was only UK and that’s how I came to describe our new Global Data Explorer (GDE)—access it here. The link has now been shared with attendees.”
GDE stems from ABPmer’s metocean information service, SeaStates, which is underpinned by a database of historic wind and wave conditions stretching back to 1979. The company made the decision to harness the power of webGIS technologies and provide direct access to some of its data sets.
“Although metocean data exists in the public domain, it isn’t always in a usable format,” Hewett explained. “By sharing it freely on GDE, we hope to democratize access to what is a very powerful resource.”