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eos-entente-of-oriental-states.png Maritime Information, Detection & Alarm System

1. Mission statement

The MIDAS programme, short for Maritime Information, Detection & Alarm System, will serve multiple strategic purposes. It is intended to serve as a complete early-warning system working in conjunction with meteorological information gather and navigational assistance.

(OOC: You can compare MIDAS to what NOAA does for the US.)

  1. Anomaly detection. Maritime anomaly detection is an area of scientific study aimed at avoiding maritime collisions. There are a number of aspects to this work, and there have been several conferences and workshops exploring the domain. The system can also detect sudden changes in undersea water pressure are used as part of tsunami warning systems. The main focus is situation awareness and threat assessment.
  2. Weather service. Providing weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for Orient, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the regional economy. MIDAS data is also relevant to the issues of global warming and ozone depletion.
  3. Navigation assistance for shipping. There are several means to determine a ship's position at sea. Most traditional methods used for ships navigation are not accurate enough for some modern requirements. For that reason, MIDAS has developed several positioning systems.

2. Scope

The MIDAS programma will be implemented on various levels of scale.

  1. National waters surrounding EOS members (See member list)
  2. International waters surrounding EOS members
  3. Major sea routes and passages connecting EOS members
  4. Other important bodies of water, including but not limited to: Azure Sea; Konstantinopoli Sea; Italgria Deep; Northern & Southern Meteorolas; Paranoid Archipelago; Pirilao Sea; Rhomanoi Reef; Rosario Sea; Tamurin Sea; Token Sea.

3. Daily operations

Financial investments for the upkeep of MIDAS will come from costs shared between all members. The initial roll-out for EOS will take approximately 12 months, after which there will be regularly scheduled updates. After this initial period, the setup time for new member nations will be reduced to approximately 6 months.

  1. Buoys. The MIDAS programme will establish an orient-wide network of monitoring buoys. A 20-km by 20-km grid will be established, with the hopes of having one monitoring buoy within each grid cell. Buoys are equipped to measure weather parameters such as air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction and to report these data via satellite radio links to MIDAS centres for use in forecasting and climate study. Position is calculated by the satellite.  Effort is being put forth by local weather services and other climate groups within EOS to ensure that sites in the network meet important criteria. The network will be composed of existing (and in some cases upgraded) buoys as well as new buoys being installed for other local and state efforts. Many buoys around Orioni have already been installed.

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:pic: Example of a MIDAS communications buoy

  1. Satellites. EOS operates and manages a combined environmental satellite programs focussed on the Orient and its surrounding seas, and manages the data gathered by MIDAS and other government agencies and departments. MIDAS archives data collected meteorological services around Europa, EOS navies, EOS air forces, marine and aviation administrations. The MIDAS programme will begin managing operational geosynchronous satellites in September 2007. This is possible thanks to the EOS Space Program New generations of satellites are being developed to succeed the current geosynchronous satellites. The MIDAS satellites will have a resolution of as high as 0.5 metres. With the existing user terminals, it appears that the calibrated accuracy is 20m (100m, uncalibrated).

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:pic: Example of a MIDAS weather satellite

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