NOAA Augments Seaports with Real-Time Information Systems

An example of the sensors that make up the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS).

NOAA recently established new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) at seaports in Miami, Port Everglades and Corpus Christi. PORTS systems provide vessel operators with reliable real-time information about environmental conditions including water levels, currents, waves, salinity, bridge clearance (air gap), winds, air and water temperature and visibility.

All three new PORTS include water level and meteorological sensors, and Miami PORTS and Corpus Christi PORTS include current meters. The PORTS system serves 75 of the nation’s top 175 seaports (by tonnage) and provides considerable navigation safety and economic benefits to the seaports and surrounding communities. To view the data, visit the NOAA PORTS page. –NOAA

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