The CCMMMA (Centro Campano per il Monitoraggio e la Modellistica Marina e Atmosferica, http://meteo.uniparthenope.it
) is a forecast service for the real time monitoring of forecast and marine, weather and air quality simulations in the Campania Region. The CCMMMA is the natural and significant evolution from a decades long experience in atmosphere/marine modeling and sampling, and from the monitoring and simulation computational activity by the Department of Environmental Science (DiSAM) and the Department of Applied Science (DSA) of the University of Napoli Parthenope (now joined in a single Department as
Science and Technologies
). The Center was funded by the University of Napoli Parthenope and approved by the Regione Campania in the context of the L.R. n.13 2009 (Project PROMETEO/TASK 1). The director of the Center is Prof. Giorgio Budillon of the Department of Science and Technologies. At the time of foundation, Prof. Giancarlo Spezie (DiSAM) served as directory and Prof. Giulio Giunta (DSA) as principal investigator. The CCMMMA offers its services of weather, marine and air quality forecast to common people, local government, research institutions, business companies, environmental and health assessment companies, yachting control authority, sporting partnerships, and others. The data provided by the Center is available on the official web page http://meteo.uniparthenope.it
. From this perspective, the CCMMMA commits to provide high resolution weather forecast for the America’s Cup World Series event in Napoli on April 7-15th 2012 in a new dedicated website section. In particular, wind speed and direction forecasts are produced with up to 250m resolutions on the racecourse, using the model chain and computational resource available to CCMMMA. It is relevant to underline that this is the highest resolution achievable with current forecast technologies. The CCMMMA monitors the Gulf of Napoli area through a data acquisition network with various weather stations. A CODAR radar system to determines the surface ocean current and, for the first time in Campania, a next generation weather radar on Castel Sant’Elmo which can determine an approaching storm front and its evolution on the area of the Gulf of Napoli with 300m resolution. The Center uploads the results of its numerical weather predictions on an interactive user interface. Moreover, the data is compatible with professional navigation tools (Grib), scientific software (OpenDAP) and 3D visualization in the Google Earth browser (KML).