8.12 Volcanic ash coordination tool: progress and plans

Wednesday, 6 October 2004: 5:30 PM
Dennis M. Rodgers, NOAA Research - FSL, Boulder, CO; and Y. S. Chun, J. T. Frimel, L. Gifford, and G. Pratt

An interactive meteorological workstation, referred to as the Volcanic Ash Coordination Tool (VACT), is being developed by the Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) and tested in operational settings in Alaska. An initial build of the system was installed in spring, 2003, at the Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, Alaska Volcano Observatory, and Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center - Center Weather Service Unit. The VACT is an extension of FSL’s FX-Collaborate system. Based on user feedback from the initial delivery, numerous enhancements to the system have occurred. Expanded satellite image displays and custom geographic sector displays and map backgrounds were developed. Further enhancements include volcanic ash dispersion model output displays, and advisory preparation tools. Progress in VACT development and plans for future capabilities will be discussed.
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