How It's Made: The Offshore Weather Forecasting Guide
For offshore companies, accurate and reliable weather forecasts are essential to make informed business decisions, through all stages of a project lifecycle. These companies typically rely on forecasts delivered by professional meteorologists. But why? What makes the experts stand out from the crowd?
We asked the offshore weather experts to share their experience and insights on what makes a highly accurate weather forecast. In The Offshore Weather Forecasting Guide, we cover everything that goes into making an accurate forecast for offshore applications, showing exactly how your weather forecast is made and why highly accurate weather forecasts make a positive difference for offshore companies.
The work done by the weather experts across all industries can be categorized into two disciplines: the meteorological researchers and forecasters. The first specializes in researching and developing products, which ingest quality-controlled data, for specific industry use-cases. The latter is in direct contact with customers and interprets the models for the specific customer use cases.
This data enrichment process applies to all industries. However, some industries depend more on model data or automated solutions and platforms, while others depend more on forecaster expertise. This has a huge impact on the way that weather experts work. In most cases, companies need a combination of meteorological research and the expertise of forecasters.
In offshore, 80% of the work is done by forecasters, who deal with text writing, data enrichment, monitoring (think squalls, wave heights, and wind speeds), routing, briefing, and long-term forecasting. Forecasters spend a lot of time on client training. 20% revolves around meteorological research, focused, in particular, on metocean studies.
In terms of accuracy, there are clear differences between freely available sources and high-quality data. This improvement is due to the combination of data sources, weather models, forecasting systems, specialists and technologies, which weather experts rely on to improve the accuracy of their forecasting.
These factors are why companies choose to work with specialist weather companies. For the offshore sector, less accurate data typically results in fewer weather windows and more false alarms, which can result in project downtime, damaged equipment or, in the worst case, live-threatening situations. Average offshore companies can make decisions using data from low cost weather vendors, but leading companies prefer using more accurate weather data in their decision making processes.
To find out more, download The Offshore Weather Forecasting Guide: How It’s Made
For offshore companies, accurate and reliable weather forecasts are essential to make informed business decisions, through all stages of a project lifecycle.