Very interesting. It would appear the GFS has a chance of modelling the most accurate position of the front?
Canadian model at 1 degree res, but hard to get at sea
UKMet at 2.5 degree res, but also hard to get at sea
NOGAPS at 1 degree
GFS at 0.5 degree and easy to get
Accuracy of resolution =/* accuracy of forecast.
Is there somewhere to get real time sat photos?
ETA - this isn't too bad.
I'm pretty sure they all want to use rout optimizing software - so they will need a model forecast in addition to other resources.
I'm not familiar with Southern Ocean navigation, and am not up on what model is preferred down there.
GFS is an excellent global model - and it is very easy to get at sea.
I a mot aware of a _free_ and _public_ service that will chop and combine either the UK Met or the Canadian models for delivery over reduced bandwidth.
Even with big bandwidth satellite communications, these files can be big - you have to download the whole domain - and the process is cumbersome because, for example, for the CMC (canadian) model, each valid time is a separate file.
There are services that will make this easy, but as far as I know, none are free.