DHI has been operation operational forecast models of the water environment since 2001, and today these services cover worldwide and provide information on not only water levels, waves and currents, but also water quality parameters and other environmental indicators.
A large aspect of forecasting is monitoring the quality of the forecast and ensuring that the basis of the forecast – yesterday – is the best it can be.
In Singapore DHI operates a large array of online sensors including more than 10 ADCPs, numerous TSS sensors and several meteorological stations. Seven boats are taking daily measurements around Singapore and beyond and all of this information is collated and combined with the model results in our in-house database.
Access to both measured and modeled data is through Info@SEA, which is jointly operated with MPA.
The combination of models that are continuously quality controlled, daily reports to authorities on the performance of the models and continuous verification means that the combination of yesterdays into a long historic record provides a very accurate tool for accessing the conditions in Singapore and beyond in the rest of the region.
The present operational South East Asia specific suite of models includes the South China Sea for waves but 3D currents and water levels are presently in development. Interfaces are already available for Oil spill (or other accidental spill) modeling and the flexible back-end allows tailor made dissemination to users online or via emails, mms, or text messaging.