Fifth Annual Symposium on Future Operational Environmental Satellite Systems- NPOESS and GOES-R
16th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography
18th Symposium on Education


Transitioning NPOESS data to weather offices: The SPoRT paradigm with EOS data

Gary J. Jedlovec, NASA/MSFC, Huntsville, AL

Real-time satellite information provides one of many data sources used by NWS weather forecast offices (WFOs) to diagnose current weather conditions and to assist in short-term forecast preparation. While GOES satellite data provides relatively coarse spatial resolution coverage of the continental U.S. on a 10-15 minute repeat cycle, polar orbiting imagery has the potential to provide snapshots of weather conditions at high-resolution in many spectral channels. Additionally, polar orbiting sounding data can provide additional information on the thermodynamic structure of the atmosphere in data sparse regions of at asynoptic observation times. The NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project has demonstrated the utility of polar orbiting MODIS and AIRS data on the Terra and Aqua satellites to improve weather diagnostics and short-term forecasting on the regional and local scales. SPoRT scientists work directly forecasters at selected WFOS in the Southern Region (SR) to help them ingest these unique data streams into their AWIPS system, understand how to use the data (through on-site and distance learn techniques), and demonstrate the utility of these products to address significant forecast problems. This process also prepares forecasters for the use of similar observational capabilities from NPOESS operational sensors. NPOESS environmental data records (EDRs) from the Visible / Infrared Imager / Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instruments and additional value-added products produced by NESDIS will be available in near real-time and made available to WFOs to extend their use of NASA EOS data into the NPOESS era. These new data streams will be integrated into the NWs's new AWIPS II decision support tools. The AWIPS II system to be unveiled in WFOs in 2009 will be a JAVA-based decision support system which preserves the functionality of the existing systems and offers unique development opportunities for new data sources and applications in the Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) environment. This paper will highlight some of the SPoRT activities leading to the integration of VIIRS and CrIS/ATMS data into the display capabilities of these new systems to support short-term forecasting problems at WFOs.

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Joint Session 11, Satellite Forecaster Training
Tuesday, 13 January 2009, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM, Room 224AB

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