J1.4 A GIS approach to site selection for the NWS Modernized Cooperative Network

Tuesday, 21 June 2005: 10:15 AM
North & Center Ballroom (Hilton DeSoto)
William G. McPherson Jr., Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and M. Yuan

A GIS-based site selection procedure for the US National Weather Service's COOP Modernization Program is being studied. Our goal is to develop a methodology that will aid the site selection process, provide consistency in site assessment and selection from state to state, and reduce the number of person-hours involved in selecting sites nationwide. We will discuss (1) GIS modeling efforts to find sites that meet the desired siting goals where no automated stations previously exist; (2) GIS tools to assist in establishing communication links from the stations to nearby National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System terminals; (3) GIS tools to analyze areas where existing meteorological stations may be used with COOP Modernization; (4) field survey experiences that are used to improve the GIS design; (5) and differences in the GIS effort between New England and the southeastern states.
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