6.3 Weather Ready Nation: NWS Exploitation of New Satellite Data

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 2:00 PM
Room 255/257 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Mike W. Johnson, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and J. K. Zajic, E. Guillot, W. Cambell, and L. Byerle

Significant new satellite capabilities will soon be deployed in NWS operations which will enhance Weather Ready Nation (WRN) objectives. To facilitate the tremendous paradigm shift in how these new data are exploited, the Total Operational Weather Readiness – Satellites (TOWR-S) project has been created. The project focuses on GOES-R, SNPP/JPSS, and Himawari satellite data integration into the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) in order to optimize its use in decision support services. In addition, data flow back to the satellite source is being critically evaluated in order to identify deficiencies and help refine optimal data delivery methods. A representative subset of high-impact use cases has been derived from the NWS Directives and coordinated with operations. These use cases, along with AWIPS procedures, and deployment schedules are published for operational comment and coordination via the NWS Virtual Laboratory. The TOWR-S project is coupled to both AWIPS display and data dissemination development. In particular, a continuous-integration TOWR-S AWIPS lab has been established to allow for iterative development and testing of satellite data display and mission-integration activities. Furthermore, the TOWR-S activities are being coordinated with all elements of user readiness development (dissemination, AWIPS display, and forecaster training) in order to establish baseline operational capabilities milestones and to ensure forecaster readiness when these systems are deployed in the near future.
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