23rd Conference on IIPS


RIDGE - Radar Integrated Display with Geospatial Elements. Planned Updates and Enhancements to the NWS New Radar Webpage

Keith Stellman, NOAA/NWS, Fort Worth, TX; and P. Kirkwood and J. E. Burks

The National Weather Service is responsible to make its weather, water and climate information widely available to taxpayers using commonly accepted standards and technologies. Currently, the NWS provides weather radar information for all Weather Service Doppler Radars (WSR 88-D) in the United States on the NWS Internet page. In February of 2006, the NWS successfully implemented version one of the new radar displays. Version two of the RIDGE radar will include additional products, a GIS image service, KML/KMZ generator, and customizable web page features. Some of these enhancements will be demonstrated at the conference. RIDGE background: These radar images, called RIDGE (Radar Integrated Display with Geospatial Elements), allows the radar image to be combined with geospatial elements such as topography maps, highways, and county boundaries. RIDGE also adds the ability to overlay polygon warnings updated each minute issued by the National Weather Service Forecast Offices. Each image within the RIDGE architecture is georeferenced which allows GIS users to easily integrate the radar and warning information into custom applications.

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Supplementary URL: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge

Session 4B, GIS Applications
Tuesday, 16 January 2007, 1:30 PM-5:30 PM, 217A

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