Introduction and Consent

As part of the ongoing Hazard Simplification Project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is proposing to reduce the number of (consolidate) our Marine hazard messages (products). We are also considering reformatting these products for the purpose of clarifying our hazard messages.

Consolidation Portion of Proposal
: A graphical representation of our proposed consolidation can be viewed on the next page.  

Reformatting Portion of Proposal: We also propose modifying our Marine products into a "What", "Where", "When", "Additional Details" and "Precautionary/ Preparedness Actions" information ordering format.  The only current product that will retain its original format is the Special Marine Warning.  However, we are proposing to consolidate the Special Marine Warning into the Marine Warning headline.  

In this survey you will see a series of product examples; the marine products as they are created today will be shown first, followed by the proposed reformatted and consolidated product examples based on the same information. 

Note: The proposed Marine product consolidation is only for coastal and nearshore products.  Due to international marine forecast policies from the World Meteorological Organization, we will not apply this consolidation effort to Offshore and High Seas Products at this time.  

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