J9.4 AWIPS II and Space Weather: Opportunities for R2O/O2R

Tuesday, 8 January 2013: 12:00 AM
Room 16B (Austin Convention Center)
Scott Jacobs, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, College Park, MD; and B. Gordon

AWIPS II and Space Weather: Opportunities for R2O/O2R Michelle Mainelli, NOAA/NWS/NCEP Central Operations, Camp Springs, MD and Brent Gordon, NOAA/NWS/NCEP Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, CO

Over the last several years, the National Weather Service has undergone a software convergence effort to align the local Weather Forecast Office (WFOs) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP Centers). This effort includes the migration of the Space Weather Prediction Center's (SWPC) imagery, data, and model visualization tools to the next-generation of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS II). This migration will not only modernize SWPC's forecast operations, but it will also help streamline the center into NWS operations. In addition, AWIPS II will provide SWPC with a necessary bridge between research and operations and will enhance R2O and O2R capabilities in the future. Once fully deployed, AWIPS II will have open software policies for distribution allowing for other government agencies, academia, and private industry to have access to the same software platform as operational NWS forecast and warning Centers. A current status of the newly migrated space weather-related capabilities of the system will be provided. Such capabilities include solar imagery display and manipulation, high-frequency data decoders, high-frequency time line/time series, and graphical product generation.

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