Because of the potential beneficial impacts of satellite data upon P-3 data collection activities, a demonstration project was undertaken during the 2002 Hurricanes season to display and animate real-time GOES satellite data aboard these aircraft. This effort combines the efforts currently underway at the NOAA Hurricane Research Division to increase the communication capabilities of the P-3s using cell-phone and Internet technology, GOES satellite data and recent advances in data compression technology being conducted at NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory. Even with the recent P-3 to ground communication improvements, the bandwidth is still very limited (maximum rate of 2400 baud), it is a large improvement over what was previously available. To accomplish the goals of this demonstration project, advanced wavelet transform techniques are applied to GOES satellite imagery that allow the transmission of large data volumes associated with satellite data over the very limited bandwidths that available for communication with the P-3 aircraft.
This presentation will discuss the details of the this demonstration project including what datasets were compresses and transmitted, how the data were compressed, how the data were displayed and animated and the overall performance of the system. We will also report on the success of the project, which is scheduled for September of 2002.