(note: from NOAA document)
NASA SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE
Applied Sciences Program
Earth Science for Disaster Management NASA Research Results for AWIPS Project Version 1.0
March 30 2007 Goddard Space Flight Center
AWIPS Project Plan: 2007-2010
Purpose and Scope
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.
NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA's NWS operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.
(image right of current watches and warnings in U.S., click image for detail, from National Weather Service)
The Advance Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) is the computerized system that processes and overlays multiple data sources to allow local Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and national centers to generate weather, water (river) forecasts and warnings. AWIPS is also central to the ability of the NWS to predict weather, water, and climate conditions.
It is a complex network of systems that integrates meteorological, hydrological, satellite, and radar data into a single computer workstation.
AWIPS draws data from an array of weather sensors and satellites, processes and distributes the data to and among some 150 weather forecast offices and environmental centers nationwide, and dispenses rapid, highly reliable warnings of weather events that affect the United States, its territories, or adjacent waters.
AWIPS continually evolves to accommodate new science and technology to meet NWS, NOAA and Department of Commerce strategic goals.
Raytheon is NOAA’s contractor for operations, maintenance, and improvement of AWIPS.
As NOAA’s partner for AWIPS mission assurance, Raytheon operates the AWIPS Network Control Facility, maintains and supports system software, provides system support in the field, and designs and builds software enhancements.
It is also Raytheon’s charge to craft technological innovations that advance the evolution of AWIPS to its future state.
The Raytheon AWIPS Team operates from a program office and test facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, across the street from National Weather Service Headquarters.
The Raytheon facility houses a test facility that contains several precise replicas of AWIPS site WFO configurations. Used for software builds, testing, integration, and training, the “Raytheon AWIPS” mirrors the system environment of NWS’ highly specialized WFOs and RFCs.
The NWS is in the process of upgrading their current AWIPS system with a more open, standards based system called AWIPS II or AWIPS Next Generation.
This system will be an open system concept with new capabilities for display, visualization, product generation, communications and access to data.
Raytheon is developing this system, with guidance from the NWS.