Visibility Sensors Implementation Plan.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has used visibility sensors at major airports for many years, but the requirement within the maritime industry came in 1980, when the MV Summit Venture hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Florida’s Tampa Bay. The disaster, in part due to lack of adequate visibility, was the impetus for the present day Physical Oceanographic Real-time System (PORTS®) system, and prompted much interest in and research on visibility sensors. The addition of visibility sensors to the PORTS® suite of instruments offers users another valuable tool to increase efficiency and to help avoid disasters that could cause loss of life and extensive property damage. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) became involved in testing visibility sensors in 1999, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Weather Service (NWS) to test Belfort Model 6100 visibility sensors at the Sterling Research and Development .....
PublisherNOAA, NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
Silver Spring, MD
Series;NrNOAA Technical Report NOS CO-OPS;055
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationRoggenstein, E.; Bushnell, M. and Krug, W. (2009) Visibility Sensors Implementation Plan. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, 22pp. (NOAA Technical Report NOS CO-OPS 055). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-134
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