Integrated technologies enveloping the broad field of geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to help the NWS keep track of the health of the resources at its disposal. GIS displays, updated with automated and manual data about NWS assets, such as radar, weather radio towers, observing equipment, and personnel, is an efficient way to make maintain situational awareness of the NWS’ overall system health.
This presentation will describe and show examples of how NWS assets—systems, weather forecast data, key partners, etc. can been overlain alongside each other within informative map displays. These displays show not only present system outages, but also allow for planning future scheduled outages, that may then be able to be scheduled around upcoming impacting weather so as to lessen the impact on the delivery of mission-critical services.