Operationalizing the workflow for weather and climate data for Impact-driven Decision Support Services

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Kremena Darmenova, Northrop Grumman Corporation, McLean, VA; and D. Apling, S. Freeman, and G. Higgins

In NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation Roadmap 2.0, the National Weather Service (NWS) outlines a new approach to enhance NWS services to meet emerging needs by incorporating a better understanding of social and physical sciences. One of the proposed new services is the Impact-based Decision Support Services (IDSS). The operations concept for IDSS includes a critical requirement that NWS forecasts be adaptable to suit each event and each user's decisions. A versatile decision support framework can be tailored to various end user groups - water, energy, transportation and emergency planning, coastal infrastructure, public health sector. Our Environmental Decision Support System (EDSS) is a functioning web-based geoportal with standards-based tools and services to provide a synergistic view at multiple scientific and socioeconomic datasets. EDSS provides an operationally robust geospatial framework for actionable weather and climate data integration, manipulation and display by combining open source web technologies and data analytics. EDSS ingests disparate datasets generated in various locations and timescales to benefit multiple users in a convenient and efficient manner. EDSS incorporates data analysis, integration, and distribution of weather data combined with demographic and infrastructure information to provide operational impact-based decision support. Our decision aid development methodology consists of physically based numerical modeling, data validation and bias correction, uncertainty characterization, and operational decision aid product generation to provide actionable information in statistical terms. Decision aid products in the areas of water resources, sea level rise, agriculture, public health, traditional and renewable energy, and climate adaptation have been developed and staged to ingest NOAA geophysical data and forecasts into EDSS to support impact-driven decision-making and planning.