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Future Marine . Charlie Paxton National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area, Florida. This is a great opportunity!. Collectively, we have the knowledge to envision the future and the resources to make it come true. Where do we start?. Who are we doing this for?. Who is our audience?. Mariners.

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Future Marine

Charlie Paxton

National Weather Service

Tampa Bay Area, Florida

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This is a great opportunity!

  • Collectively, we have the knowledge to envision the future and the resources to make it come true.

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Where do we start?

  • Who are we doing this for?

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Who is our audience?

Mariners

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Who is our audience?Pleasure Boaters

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Who is our audience?Commercial Sipping

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Who is our audience?

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Who is our audience?Cruise Ships and Passengers

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Who is our audience?Fishing Industry

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Who is our audience?Water Sports Enthusiasts

  • Sail Boarders

  • Kayakers

  • Swimmers

  • Surfers

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Dude!

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What are they looking for?

  • One stop shopping

  • Easy navigation

  • Simple detail

  • Easy to interpret

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What are our goals?

  • Complementary text and graphics.

  • To show what is important!

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What is important to Marine interests?

  • Marine Advisories, Statements, Warnings

    • SCEC

    • SCA

    • Gale

    • NOW

    • MWS

    • SMW

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What is important to Marine interests?

  • Observations

    • Buoy

    • CMAN

    • Land based

  • Wind

  • Seas

  • Weather

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What is important to Marine interests?

  • Graphical Forecasts

    • Wind

    • Wave

    • Weather

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What is important to Marine interests?

  • Web Page with easy navigation

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What is important to Marine interests?

  • Easily readable Text

  • Table or bullet form

  • Flags indicate SCEC, SCA, GALE, etc

  • Wind direction shown as arrow

  • Weather icons

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How can we assemble all this into a neat slick package that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

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The magic of that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Flash!

  • Professional high end vector graphics with:

    • Animation

    • Sound

  • Low bandwidth for fast downloads

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How it’s done: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • A Flash generator template is developed and installed on a regional server

  • WFO’s generate component products using common names

  • The Flash generator calls those files and incorporates them into a web file.

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Components of the pages…. that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

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Building upon success that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • "We have taken your hard work and great ideas and what you have beensuccessful in, and we took it, built upon it and incorporated it all into a universal marine weather page."

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Page Components: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Hazards

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Page Components: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Observations

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Page Components: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?GFE Graphics

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Page Components: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Forecast Table

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Page Components: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Navigation to other sites

  • Clickable navigation

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Specialized help menus that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?Show Beaufort scale images of what various sea wind and weather combinations look like.

Wind speed 48-55 kt, average 52 kt

Swell Height (ft) 22

Period (set) 9

Sea Criterion: Very high waves with long overhanging crests. The resulting foam, in great patches, is blown in dense white streaks along the direction of the wind. On the whole, the surface of the sea takes on a white appearance. The tumbling of the sea becomes heavy and shocklike. Visibility affected.

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View Page in Browser that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

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Some Comments on the Page… that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

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Screen Size that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Full screen width on a 600x800 display.

  • Vertical length kept as short as possible

  • No Scrolling for important information

    • Watch, warning advisory

    • Observations

    • Graphical and text forecasts.

  • Current usability studies indicate users have grown accustomed to scrolling down

  • This does not hold true with horizontal scrolling, thus the page width was kept within the screen.

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Navigation: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Multiple navigation methods for almost every piece of information.

  • The Hazards map links to a page that displays all hazard information about that zone.

  • The observation map links to the web page that corresponds to that site (NDBC, PORTS, Mesonet, etc.), thus tying together several different networks into one page.

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Colors that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • The soft green and tan page colors give a professional look, while not drawing any attention away from the weather information.

  • Usability studies show that users first ignore the banner, and work their focus outward from the center.

  • Therefore, the person's eyes will be drawn to the current advisories map -- exactly where we want them during a weather situation.

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Colors that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • The background colors will probably be changed, along with the 'look' of the page at least once a year.

  • It is a bigger challenge to make sure our pages stay up with the times, and that means not resting on a single look for too long.

  • Most usability studies suggest 2 to 3 times per year

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Other Features that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Printable version to take on board.

  • Options include:

    • html page

    • plug-in such as Flash

  • The Flash method renders a much nicer page.

  • About 5% may not have the plug-in – but it’s free.

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A Work in progress… that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Develop a specific 256 color pallet to maximize the look of the page.

  • Getting a copy of Generator to make png files with slick overlays. $1000

  • Developing the actual page to list hazards for a zone. This will be done using a scripting lang. called PHP. This will probably be the easiest thing to do.

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Tides (in progress) that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Building tide information into a mySQL database.

  • Writing a routine to ingest buoy and cman data into mySQL.

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Professionalism that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Professionalism is also important for another reason -- trust.

  • The user experience is greatly affected by the IMPRESSION of professionalism, whether or not it actually exists.

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Professionalism that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • If the page looks good, they instill greater trust in the information presented, and in the company represented.

  • A good example of this is Amazon.com, which was a very small company but gave a much different impression through its presentation on the Internet.

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Benefits that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • These ideas are well-thought out.

  • This is one complete page to accommodate the customer, everyday.

  • This page has been tested by the customers - this is what they wanted, asked for, and liked.

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More Benefits that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • It's a one-stop shop.

  • It's professional.

  • Graphics are media ready

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Tip of the… that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Template useable for:

    • Public

    • Fire Weather

    • Etc.

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The Future that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • Personalize the product producers

    • Web Casts

    • Office Cams

  • Beach Cams

  • PDA Products

  • VTIS Products

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Final Note: that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

  • With diligence and products that connect to our users, we can avert disasters such as this.

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Over and out… that’s easy to navigate one stop browsing?

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