Meteorological Service of Canada In support of the… 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Games Presented by: Rob Simpson Head: Projects and Installations Air Monitoring and Operations Section MSC, Toronto, ON May 29th, 2012 Our Mandate Includes: • Essential Federal Services • Safety and Protection of the public, athletes, and officials • The Games will have large crowds in specific areas • Extending Severe Weather Warning for Venues (specific small area warning) • Services will include: • Strong winds, hail, lightning, heavy rain warnings for venues • Health / Air Quality / Smog • General inquiries • Environmental Stewardship • Emergency Response • Sustainability, Assessments Our Mandate Does Not Include: • Services for operating games efficiently, or forecasting sport-specific weather thresholds related to safety or fairness. A Comparison 2010 Vancouver Olympics 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games No. Of Athletes and Coaches 2600 8000 – PanAm 2000 – Parapan Volunteers 20,000 23,000 No. of Sports 16 – Olympics (10 outdoors) 4 – Paralympics 40 – PanAm (18 Outdoors) 10 – Parapan Range of Spectator Seating 1,500 to 18,000 1,500 to 20,000 (potentially 70,000 – Opening/Closing Ceremonies) Duration 14 Days – Olympics 7 Days – Paralympics (6 Weeks total with Prep time and Wrap-Up) 14 Days – Pan AM 7 Days – Parapan (6 Weeks total with Prep time and Wrap-Up) Participating Countries 80 42 On the Mountain In the City Photo by: Mark Watmough Summer Severe Weather Heavy Rain Strong Winds Heavy Rain/Flooding Air Quality Lightning Hail Infrastructure Failure Tornadoes SMOG 15 events/yr 2-3 day episodes Heat/UV Hail Past experience from Sydney, Beijing, and Vancouver… • Weather will become the #1 daily Agenda item for the Games Operating Committee. Priorities This Year In order to produce venue specific weather warnings, we needed observational data at a finer spatial and temporal scale After an evaluation of the existing weather observational network, gaps were identified. – to build 3 all season sites – 20 to 30 summer only compact sites, some will be collocated with venues – To use additional existing equipment to augment observation network density Three Full Stations Locations selected with MT input to improve coverage of the GTA area Leases to be concluded soon. Construction to begin this summer To be built to RCS standard but scheduled for removal after the games Locations EWS • AMOS will deploy our Emergency weather station. • Location to be determined, but one possible location is Toronto Island to augment marine forecasts • No Environmental Assessment required as station is portable • Recently completed communication upgrade U/A • AMOS will deploy our Emergency U/A station. • Location to be determined – flight frequency up to 4x a day Marine • AMOS will deploy one Watchkeeper buoy with one Waverider buoy to augment wave data • Lowest cost option as these assets are already within the Marine Network • Will need CCG assistance with deployments • Plan calls for buoys in the water for testing in FY 2013/14 Compact Stations Compact Stations will measure T/Td, Pressure, Wind Speed and Direction, and on some sensor models precipitation Many if not all will be camera equipped Cooperation – Health Canada Black Globes for Heat Index Compact Stations Communication will be IP modem based Power will be solar – no guarantee of 115v availability Totally portable – deployable from a minivan – by one person if necessary (some assembly required) Two stations, one with a camera, running at CARE, with more coming soon to provide proof-of-concept data 1 3 2 4 5 Compact 6 Questions ??