A Cloud-Based Mobile Weather Server to Support Emergency Response Meteorology Training and Operations

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 1:45 PM
125AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Curtis N. James, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ; and J. Weber, G. R. Woodall, and B. A. Klimowski

In support of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's new Emergency Response Meteorology (ERM) focus, a cloud-based server is being developed for weather analysis and forecasting in remote locations. The server enables AWIPS-like displays from any location where mobile Internet is available. Moreover, the weather displays may be achieved using a web browser on any laptop computer or mobile device. Thus, students will easily gain experience and confidence in weather forecasting using AWIPS II from any remote location. The server is also being made available for development and testing by National Weather Service personnel in Arizona.

Through a Unidata Equipment Grant, this fast Linux-based virtual server has been created with a reputable cloud computing provider, and real-time weather data supplied by the Local Data Manager (LDM) software. The EDEX AWIPS II server is being configured in the cloud to support the AWIPS II thin-client application in the field, along with other software packages useful for emergency response and decision support forecasting applications.

This project helps to bridge the gap between meteorology education and local operational forecasting through collaboration between students and National Weather Service forecasters. It leverages emerging cloud computing technology and the expanding accessibility of the Internet, and allows local NWS personnel and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students to have real-time meteorological analysis capability using virtually any operating system or mobile platform where Internet access is available. The successful implementation of this project will serve as a testing ground that may be expanded to the larger meteorological community in support of education and field meteorology operations. 4-->