About PORTO Online
PORTO is an integrated featured online service of met-ocean
information delivered to especially aid harbour masters, port
authorities and operators in the shipping and maritime services
in the proximity of the Maltese Islands and south of Sicily.
The initiative follows the trail of efforts to deliver services
deriving from operational oceanography and meteorology to
dedicated users. PORTO online gives the user a direct handle
to view, analyse and compare different datasets online such
as through user-selected geographic sub-domains, transects,
inter-comparison of sites and overlaying of data layers.
The novelty of PORTO is that it delivers featured data services,
providing routine data-derived products to support targeted
users in their operational day-to-day activities. This is
achieved by allowing the user to combine data employing
augmented web features to customise the use of the online
data. A drawing board allows the user to adapt the viewing
the content. The interface is a work in progress, as more
features will be added as they become available. Future
additions include early warning alerts on extreme events
such as gale winds, high waves or strong currents, serving
as important indicators to operators who can avail of such
information to mitigate adverse conditions.
Data for the interface comes from various sources, including
both observations and numerical model data. Key data in PORTO
are real time observations from ten meteorological stations,
four sea level gauges and seven HF radars belong to the
CALYPSO network; numerical model data for atmospheric
parameters, waves, currents sea surface temperature and
salinity; satellite data from different platforms. The raw
model data outputs are further elaborated to extract secondary
data, which is also available to the user.
The PORTO Online concept and design has been developed by Prof.
Aldo Drago within the CALYPSO South project. The setting up,
operational running and routine publishing of data on the
system is done by the team of the Physical Oceanography Research
Group of the University of Malta.