Here’s something new in planning how to avoid heavy weather on a long cruise, thanks to researchers at the University of Connecticut and the U.S. Navy. It’s new software called TMPLAR (Tool for Multi-objective Planning and Asset Routing) and it’s already being used by the Navy to reroute ships to avoid bad weather. But it also can create routes, with waypoints, depending on whether you want to emphasize speed or fuel efficiency to reach your destination – all while avoiding bad weather.
The software is already being fully integrated into the Navy’s meteorology and oceanographic weather forecasts for both surface ships and submarines. Its algorithms take into account ocean depth, undersea pipelines, cables and oil rigs to find low-risk routes to avoid storms.
The Navy is going to integrate TMPLAR with a tool to plan routes for aircraft carrier strike groups, and the UConn researchers are working to speed up its capabilities so it can make smart recommendations for routes, accounting for weather, in less than a second. Read more: