Monday, 12 January 2009
Leveraging National Weather Service technology for collaboration and training
Hall 5 (Phoenix Convention Center)
The National Weather Service (NWS) technologies allow a unique opportunity for the analysis of weather data. Some of the critical components of the technology are available for use by the public for free. This includes parts of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) available through the Weather Event Simulator (WES), and the Common Operations and Development Environment (CODE), available from the internet. Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) scientists in collaboration with the Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) have combined these tools with Unidata's Local Data Manager (LDM) to create a flexible platform for viewing various weather events across the country in real time. This real-time system has been used to develop NWS training on AWIPS build changes, and for improved collaboration at the WDTB. The capabilities were used to support the 2008 Experimental Warning Program in the Hazardous Weather Testbed and in collaboration efforts between the WDTB and the Norman, Oklahoma forecast office. With the NWS transitioning to a more open and collaborative AWIPS II on the horizon, it would be invaluable for other academic institutions to begin using these technologies to teach their students on what is and will be the National Weather Service standard for weather interrogation and forecasting. This paper will outline the elements in the system and its benefits for collaborative operations across various educational and governmental organizations.