Gridded FX-Net Prototype Project for the Bureau of Land Managemant, National Interagency Fire Center
The Gridded FX-Net Prototype Project
for the National Interagency Fire Center *Sher Schranz
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
Colorado State University and NOAA/FSL
Boulder, Colorado FX-Net users at the Bureau of Land Management's National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and the Geographical Area Coordination Centers (GACCs) have been operating without the ability to calculate various fire prediction indices from locally stored model grids. Algorithms developed by BLM predictive services personnel required the input of long range model grids in their calculations. Many of the forecasters in the GACC offices who are familiar with the AWIPS workstation found certain aspects of the FX-Net system were not as flexible as those found in AWIPS. As a result, the Gridded FX-Net prototype system project was started with support from the BLM and the USDA Forest Service. The Gridded FX-Net system is an extended version of the National Weather Services' AWIPS (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System). The system uses AWIPS data and applications servers, and the D2D display system. What set's this system apart from the AWIPS system is the development of multiple, remote, D2D clients. The data delivery system developed for this project provides an intelligent ‘push' system using existing technologies such as LDM and Wavelet Compression. The presentation will describe the project scope and fielding schedule.