Metocean data provider Tidetech Commercial Marine has launched a new system to improve access to its weather data, through the deployment of a ‘Data Cube’ which enables users to query weather data in three dimensions – longitude, latitude and time – in the context of their relational values.
This means that when a user looks for a weather forecast for a voyage, examines tides and currents on a current passage or performs post-voyage analysis, they can query specific data related to a specific time and location.
“Previously it could take time to access historical data or make predictions about future sailing conditions because of how data was stored,” explained Tidetech managing director, Penny Haire.
“Using a relational database makes the data more available and accessible because the cube is itself made up of data cubes, which can comprise some or all of the weather elements, that can be interrogated either as historical, current or forecast data.”
The Data Cube stores information in a single, consistent format in constituent parts, allowing data to be reorganised, reformatted and manipulated to individual customer requirements.
Users can process the data and perform analytics to generate datasets with standard deviation or historical averages, and resample or edit data at different resolutions to receive output in any format, including Excel or Google Earth files.
Originally published on Digital Ship.