J2.3 User Driven Data Mining, Visualization and Decision Making for NOAA Observing System and Data Investments

Monday, 23 January 2017: 11:30 AM
608 (Washington State Convention Center )
Matthew L. Austin, NOAA/NESDIS, Silver Spring, MD; and B. Priest, L. O'Connor, S. J. Taijeron, and A. Neiss

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) observing system enterprise represents a $2.4B annual investment. Earth observations from these systems are foundational to NOAA’s mission to describe, understand, and predict the Earth’s environment. NOAA’s decision makers are charged with managing this complex portfolio of observing systems to serve the national interest effectively and efficiently.
The Technology Planning & Integration for Observation (TPIO) Office currently maintains an observing system portfolio for NOAA's validated user observation requirements, observing capabilities, and resulting data products and services. TPIO performs data analytics to provide NOAA leadership business case recommendations for making sound budgetary decisions.

Over the last year, TPIO has moved from massive spreadsheets to intuitive dashboards that enable Federal agencies as well as the general public the ability to explore user observation requirements and environmental observing systems that monitor and predict changes in the environment. This change has led to an organizational data management shift to analytics and visualizations by allowing analysts more time to focus on understanding the data, discovering insights, and effectively communicating the information to decision makers.

Moving forward, the next step is to facilitate a cultural change toward self-serve data sharing across NOAA, other Federal agencies, and the public using intuitive data visualizations that answer relevant business questions for users of NOAA’s Observing System Enterprise. Users and producers of environmental data will become aware of the need for enhancing communication to simplify information exchange to achieve multipurpose goals across a variety of disciplines. NOAA cannot achieve its goal of producing environmental intelligence without data that can be shared by multiple user communities.

This presentation will describe where we are on this journey and will provide examples of these visualizations, promoting a better understanding of NOAA’s environmental sensing capabilities that enable improved communication to decision makers in an effective and intuitive manner.

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