Customer Links

These are links to customers explaining how they use Coastal equipment, and to pages showing real-time and/or historical data taken from systems built by Coastal.

US Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Oceanographer uses WEATHERPAK® for leeway drift experiments of SAR objects.

Link to Sea Power Magazine Article

ALOHA – "Aerial Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres"

Coastal’s WEATHERPAK® weather stations feed weather data every 30 seconds directly into ALOHA, which is a computer program used to predict how a hazardous gas cloud might disperse in the atmosphere after an accidental chemical release. ALOHA is a tool used for response, planning, training, and academic purposes. It can predict rates of chemical release from broken gas pipes, leaking tanks, and evaporating puddles. ALOHA is also able to model the dispersion of both neutrally-buoyant and heavier-than-air gases. It is distributed worldwide to thousands of users in government and industry. Coastal Environmental Systems manufactures both the WEATHERPAK® and the C-5 SAM™ weather stations designed to work with ALOHA.

More on what ALOHA does, and does not do.

National Science Foundation

This link brings you to the NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences in Arlington, Virginia where a Coastal Environmental Systems weather station is being used to provide near real-time weather data on temperature, humidity, pressure, rain accumulation, wind speed, direction and peak gust speed. Data is represented in text and graphical form and is updated every 5 minutes. Historical data can also be viewed.

The system was designed and installed by the Atmospheric Technology Division of NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. The organization is funded by the NSF.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

This site takes you to one of NCAR's near real-time weather data labs, located in Boulder, CO. You can view current weather or download / view past data.

The Foothills Lab is part of the Research Data Program (RDP) within the Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD) of NCAR. A Coastal weather station is being used to collect all of the meteorological information. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation.

Some NCAR research is also carried out for NASA, NOAA, DOE, EPA, and the FAA.

National Weather Service

This link takes you to the NWS Radiosonde (RSOIS) Replacement Program site. (A radiosonde is a balloon-carried instrument package used to measure a complete atmospheric profile of the weather).

The NWS maintains a network of 102 radiosonde systems, which are the primary source of upper-air data, and the only source for a complete sounding of the atmosphere from the surface to +30 kilometers.

Coastal was chosen to provide the Surface Observing Systems (Weather Stations) that will be located adjacent to the balloon launching area for ground calibration comparisons with the balloon-launched instrument package. This will improve data availability and accuracy for temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind measurements.

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC)

Take a look at the most advanced, state-of-the-art web site of its kind in the World. This site takes you to the TNRCC's real-time air quality data network for the State of Texas.

Real-time air pollution data, combined with current weather patterns, gives you an incredible visual / graphic picture of where pollutants are and where they are headed. Graphs, text, weather maps and more are all available at this site!

Data for the network is collected from TNRCC air monitoring sites, local agencies, and private monitoring networks which are utilizing Coastal's ZENO® 3200 data acquisition system.

University of South Florida (USF)

This site links you to USF's real-time Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) data for West Florida.

The network is used to monitor sea conditions that will assist in deterring Manatee deaths (related to red tide occurrences), more accurately predict hurricanes and their effects, better forecast coastal flooding due to storms, and assist in calibrating satellites (ground truthing) over the Gulf of Mexico (US Navy project).

The system is jointly supported by NOAA, the State of Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection, the National Weather Service, and others.

To see real-time data for a particular COMPS station utilizing Coastal Environmental instrumentation, click on: