Although WxScope Plugin works well for near-real-time viewing of meteorological and other data sets, it does not provide an adequate framework for research scientists to view archived data, to ingest their own data sets, or to analyze the displayed information. In addition, K-12 students learn science and math better when they are able to create their own visualizations—a feature that is difficult to complete using the plugin. As a result, OCS’s software engineers are developing a high-quality visualization tool that requires only a Windows or Macintosh computer and the ability to learn drag-and-drop user interfaces. This new stand-alone application, called WeatherScope, accesses data archives via HTTP, integrates different georeferenced data sets (e.g., regional mesonetworks, surface observations, satellite and radar data, and images), and offers extensible and flexible support for a host of data file formats.
This presentation will discuss the challenges of employing download-on-demand data access over the Internet and creating a user interface which provides the tools research scientists need and K-12 students can use.