89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 13 January 2009: 1:45 PM
TouchTable supported climate services and applications developed at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
Room 121BC (Phoenix Convention Center)
Stephen A. Del Greco, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC; and S. Ansari and M. Phillips
Poster PDF (158.8 kB)
Touch Table systems are windows compatible input and display devices used for visualization and analysis of scientific data. Displayed information on the Touch Table is controlled by simple hand gestures on the table surface. NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is utilizing Touch Table hardware and Touch Share software to present, share and analyze climate information. The Touch Share software allows interaction of multi-touch gestures with ArcGIS and Google Earth. Touch Table systems can also be networked which allow remote Touch Table users to connect and engage in discussions in real time. These include “themes” such as transportation, agriculture, energy, climate change, and disaster response. For example, during a disaster response scenario, high impact weather and climate data (hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, floods, etc.) and social data can be input to the Touch Table to provide tools to measure populations at risk. This paper describes several scenarios where Touch Table systems will enhance NOAA's capability to respond to climate and weather phenomena.

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