How weather management tech can mitigate the risks of meteorological conditions in the aviation and naval industries

How weather management tech can mitigate the risks of meteorological conditions in the aviation and naval industries

Safety is a top priority in both the aviation and naval sectors, where a single accident can have disastrous results for both physical infrastructure and human life. It’s important, then, that managers and stakeholders involved in both industries take any and all measures to effectively help to reduce the risk of such accidents occurring.


Weather conditions, including both poor weather conditions and unexpected meteorological events, can pose a serious risk to human life when they disrupt the journey of planes and other vessels. Let’s explore some of the weather management tech that’s available to both aviation and naval crews today to help mitigate the risks of extreme meteorological conditions during takeoff, landing, and mid-journey.


Lightning detection systems


Lightning detection systems can offer early warning of lightning and similar meteorological phenomena. Lightning detection systems use ground-based sensors to detect electromagnetic pulses emitted by lightning, which can then be used to give advance warning to pilots and flight crew who may be entering dangerous conditions. These can be paired with Lightning Decision Support Systems to help crew make informed decisions about the impact of lightning activity


Thermodynamic Profilers & Radiometers



A thermodynamic profiler is a device that can be used to measure continuous atmospheric temperature and humidity both at ground level and much higher. This data can then be fed to pilots, flight crew, and air traffic control in real-time, informing high-level decision-making regarding flight paths and optimal routing.


Weather Telemetry Systems


Weather Telemetry Systems are widely used today to ensure the safety of passengers and crew even in the event of unexpected extreme weather conditions. Onboard telemetry systems are used to measure nearby conditions, most notably in the form of expendable dropsondes, which can be dropped from an aircraft to monitor storm conditions and capture local thermodynamic data below.


Wind Profilers


A wind profiler is an important weather detection device that uses radar or sound waves to detect both wind speed and direction at various different heights above ground level. This data is invaluable to air traffic control, who can use it when creating flight paths to ensure that high wind speeds do not pose a risk to aircraft mid-flight. By working with, rather than against, the wind, pilots can both improve safety in-flight and reduce fuel emissions, making aviation a greener industry.


Weather Decision Support Systems


Weather decision support systems can be implemented across the entire scope of aviation, from takeoff to landing, to improve decision-making among pilots and other ATM professionals. Decision support systems combine integrated data collection techniques including telemetry with smart data analysis that can help to enhance safety, improve operational efficiency, and increase transparency in decision-making in the event that an accident does occur.



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