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Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA Work to Improve Arctic Forecasting for U.S., Allied Forces

Defense Opinion explores the U.S. Navy's innovative strategies in the Arctic amid melting sea ice and rising temperatures through advanced technologies like metocean sensors, AI, and machine learning.

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) and its partners are enhancing Arctic operations by deploying Sofar Ocean Spotter buoys and employing artificial intelligence (AI/ML) to improve sea ice forecasting and environmental predictions. These efforts aim to address challenges in reliable data collection, ensure safety for maritime traffic, and fulfill the U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region by investing in modernized domain awareness and improved sensing capabilities in the Arctic, supporting national security and global trade growth as melting sea ice opens up maritime trade routes.

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