Tuesday, 15 January 2002: 9:45 AM
NWS Eastern Region Interactive Forecast Preparation System (IFPS) implementation
In accordance with the NWS Strategic Plan, Eastern Region (ER) has aggressively moved toward preparing and disseminating new graphical and digital products. Since the late 1990s, ER rapidly infused new AWIPS software applications into office operations. Implementation of new software, particularly IFPS, offered significant challenges to the organization. To meet these challenges and achieve agency goals, ER articulated the NWS Vision; held regional workshops; developed training plans; and established time lines, objectives and regional goals. ER forged relationships between the software developers and the field forecasters. As a result of this strategy, ER was quickly able to expand the current suite of products and issue new region-wide graphical and digital products. This presentation will discuss ER's methodology used for IFPS implementation.