Forecaster Usage Patterns of AWIPS D2D and GFESuite During 2005
In this study, AWIPS D2D usage logs are collected and analyzed during 2004-2005 at the BOU National Weather Service Office in Boulder, CO. This collection of data is the first continuous yearly record to be analyzed. Two sets of data are evaluated: the total monthly frequency by product use for all AWIPS D2D workstations (used for past studies) and a new analysis of each individual workstation's monthly frequency by product use. This aspect of the study gives indication of which workstation is actually used more frequently and what products are used for specific forecasting duties. Additionally, GFESuite weeklong log "snapshots" are being collected during 2005 from different forecast offices during a variety of different weather scenarios. With these snapshots, we can examine the changes and similarities in the frequency of product use, analyzed from a number of forecasters with varied forecast responsibilities, of previous studies. At the same time we evaluate both AWIPS D2D and the GFESuite systems' data, we can compare the forecaster use patterns between the two systems. A summary of these results, including any common usage patterns that arise, will be presented and discussed. We will also consider ways to incorporate AWIPS D2D and GFESuite usage log data in future projects/studies.