The Naval Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM) became fully operational this spring, and today serves as a cutting-edge prediction system for Navy planners who depend on reliable weather forecasts.
“When a global weather model for the Navy gets replaced, that is huge news,” said Dr. Ronald Ferek, ONR program officer. “The previous forecasting model had been in use for over 20 years.”
The Navy’s Fleet Numerical and Meteorology and Oceanography Center, which provides meteorological data to U.S. forces, switched over to NAVGEM in March. It is being used to provide detailed, accurate global forecasts up to10 days out.
The system could inform Navy operations for years to come. It is particularly important as U.S. fleet presence increases throughout the Asia-Pacific region, known for intense weather events like typhoons.
Accurate forecasts are critical for naval commanders who need all-weather capability to avoid damaging high winds and seas. This includes to plan and conduct military operations, execute timely evacuations of vulnerable assets, and plan humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, which the Navy has supported over the years.