A bit promotional, but for you tech geeks, this sounds interesting…
When a slick Volvo Open 70 like PUMA’s Mar Mostro, sporting a state-of-the-art Nortek Doppler
Velocity Log (DVL), arrives in a city that several of the foremost ocean and atmospheric scientists call home, an exciting and insightful discussion is bound to ensue. As the PUMA Ocean Racing team charge ahead toward the finish line of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in Miami, scientists, engineers, and performance analysts are coordinating an effort on knowledge sharing. The group has pulled together a panel discussion titled, “Science Meets Offshore Sailing: How Ocean and Weather Forecasting Models Help Around-the-World Sailors.” The forum will be open to the public and allow engineers, modelers, and sailors to compare notes as teams prepare for a leg in which ocean currents will play a key role in their strategy.
Panel organizers include modelers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) along with engineers at Nortek and PUMA’s Robert Hopkins, who has been assembling current tracks collected by the Nortek DVL at the conclusion of each leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Hopkins sits in the rare position of comparing current models with PUMA’s own current measurements taken using the Nortek DVL. He has been overlaying these tracks with ocean current models, noticing both similarities and differences with this unique data set. To be held 9:30 AM, Thursday, May 17
1395 Brickell Avenue , Miami More here.