Hazard Services - Phase 1 - Augmenting NWS Hazard Operations in AWIPS II

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014: 2:30 PM
Room C105 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Bryon A. Lawrence, CIRES/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO; and T. Piper and L. Venable

The Integrated Hazard Information Services project is one of the cornerstones of the Weather-Ready nation, sustaining the ability to deliver hazard information in a digital world and effectively addressing the NWS critical mission of protecting life and property. Phase 1 of Hazard Services will integrate and supplant the three applications used by NWS forecasters to generate hazardous weather watches, warnings, and advisories: WarnGen, used to create short-fused severe weather warnings; the Graphical Hazards Generator (GHG), used to generate long-fused hazardous weather warnings; and RiverPro, used for creating longer-term river flood warnings. Hazard Services will facilitate a shift from a product-centric to an information-centric paradigm supporting multiple information dissemination pathways such as legacy products, graphics, cell phones, and social media. The current work, focused on an Initial Operating Capability targeting hydrologic hazards, is being accomplished by an Integrated Team comprising NOAA and Raytheon partners working together to build functionality that meets and exceeds NWS performance, reliability, and utility requirements.