To advance this goal, SSEC has created a prototype WMS environment. The facility is a technical development tool providing real-time product access and dissemination tuning. By using standards-based product generation (OGC-WMS 1.1.1 and KML)1 and separating the products from their visualization, any number of clients can view the resulting products. Image products are reprojected into a standard rectilinear projection and written as GeoTIFF format files. These files can be viewed and manipulated using standard client applications (e.g., web browser, Google Maps, Google Earth, ArcGIS) providing cross platform functionality. Observed, measured and derived metadata fields may be overlaid on these images as polygons and tagged objects.
The PAW service has introduced a set of displays which incorporate image products produced by the UW-CIMSS Satellite Nowcasting and Aviation Application Program (SNAAP) team. SNAAP develops satellite-based nowcasting tools for improving aviation weather forecasting focused on hazards including convection, turbulence, and volcanic ash. Through its Advanced Satellite Aviation weather Products (ASAP) initiative, Satellite products are developed, tested and evaluated. Featured SNAAP image products include, targeted regions of Convective Initiation (CI), Overshooting Tops (OT) and Anvil Thermal Couplets (ATC).