Sunday, 13 January 2002
Local AWIPS Software Development Activities at the Northeast River Forecast Center
The Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC) received its initial AWIPS prototype equipment in 1995. Since then a significant effort has been made in developing local applications to supplement the baseline software delivered with the AWIPS system. Several categories of applications have been developed. First are tools to assist in data quality control using graphical displays. These applications have assisted the forecaster in making sound decisions on the data that is input into the hydrologic models. Second, tools have been developed to provide the forecaster a quick awareness of significant data or system problems. These applications have allowed the forecaster to focus more on significant hydrologic problems rather than having to worry about data flow and system problems. The third category is new graphical displays of data, including forecast hydrographs, river conditions, and observed precipitation and snow. In the past, these data sets have only been available in text format. These applications have significantly enhanced the visualization of existing data sets and has provided increased understanding of hydrometeorological conditions. Many of these graphical products have also been made available on our web site to provide improved information to cooperating agencies and the public. A fourth category of application development is attempting to utilize newer data sets, such as the RDF product to provide improved input into the hydrologic model. The local software uses a variety of development tools, including C, Tcl/Tk, SQL, as well as GIS tools depending on the requirements of the particular application.