The U.S. Navy has developed the Tactical Environmental Support System, third generation, TESS(3), a computer workstation to provide environmental information for the Navy's tactical decision makers. With interfaces to real-time satellite data, to commercial weather teletype, and to naval communication broadcasts, the TESS(3) maintains a dynamic environmental database to support meteorological and oceanographic requirements. This article describes the TESS(3) system.
With delivery of TESS(3) stations to both ashore and afloat sites, the Navy oceanographer/meteorologist has an updated toolbox for analysis and forecasting. The TESS(3) system allows the forecaster to acquire, assimilate, and disseminate information rapidly for quick utilization—a definite improvement for Navy operational environmental support.