3B.2 Critical Review of NOAA’s Observation Requirements Process

Monday, 8 January 2018: 2:15 PM
Room 10AB (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Martin Yapur, NOAA/NESDIS/Office of Projects, Planning and Analysis, Silver Spring, MD; and L. McCulloch, M. LaJoie, T. V. Dinh, A. Mitchell, R. Reining, V. Ries, P. M. Taylor, L. O'Connor, D. Bludis, and A. Templeton

NOAA’s Observing Systems Council (NOSC) maintains a comprehensive database of user observation requirements. The requirements collection process engages NOAA subject matter experts to document and effectively communicate the specific environmental observation measurements (parameters and attributes) needed to produce operational products and pursue research objectives. User observation requirements documented using a structured and standardized manner and framework enables NOAA to assess its needs across organizational lines in an impartial, objective, and transparent manner. This structure provides the foundation for: selecting, designing, developing, acquiring observing technologies, systems and architectures; budget and contract formulation and decision-making; and assessing in a repeatable fashion the productivity, efficiency and optimization of NOAA’s observing system enterprise. User observation requirements are captured independently from observing technologies. Therefore, they can be addressed by a variety of current or expected observing capabilities and allow flexibility to be remapped to new and evolving technologies.

NOAA’s current inventory of user observation requirements were collected over a ten-year period, and there have been many changes in policies, mission priorities, and funding levels during this time. In light of these changes, the NOSC initiated a critical, in-depth review to examine all aspects of user observation requirements and associated processes during 2017. This presentation provides background on the NOAA requirements process, major milestones and outcomes of the critical review, and plans for evolving and connecting observing requirements processes in the next year.

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