Quasi-operational uses of Ground-based GPS Meteorology in NOAA
Between 1994 and 2005, GPS-Met was further developed and evaluated by NOAA Research in collaboration with NWS, NESDIS, NOS/NGS and several universities for potential use in operations and research. In 2005, the NOAA Profiler Network transferred to NWS but the GPS-Met system/segment remained in NOAA Research. Nonetheless, a decision was made by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction to assimilate GPS-Met water vapor estimates into its operational mesoscale models (RUC and NAM), and the GPS-Met data acquisition and processing system has been operated and maintained by NOAA Research as a quasi-operational NOAA observing system since that time.
In this presentation, the quasi-operational applications of ground-based GPS meteorology will be reviewed and the status of its transition from a quasi-operational upper-air observing system operated and maintained by NOAA Research into NOAA operations will be discussed.