ESRL Global Systems Division
GSD Theme Handouts
NOAA's Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) provides the National Weather Service (NWS) and the nation with environmental observing, prediction, computer, visualization, and information systems. These systems deliver forecasts and predictions of weather, including severe weather events within the next few minutes to weeks away.
- Weather Forecast Modeling: GSD is a leader in developing local-to-global scale weather prediction forecast models.
- Decision Support Systems: GSD develops state-of -the-art forecast and decision-support systems to improve collaboration and decision-making between forecasters, emergency managers, and the public.
- Outreach Technology: GSD builds technology that educates current and future generations about our changing Earth.
Research to Operations
NOAA's Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) provides the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Nation with environmental observing, prediction, computer, visualization, and information systems. These systems deliver forecasts and predictions of weather, including severe weather events within the next few minutes to weeks away.
Research to Operations Highlights:
- Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS): Forecasters at more than 130 NWS forecast offices use AWIPS to produce, analyze and disseminate weather forecasts and time-sensitive, highimpact warnings.
- Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS): Providing observations to NOAA and the greater meteorological community to create a more usable, complete, accurate, timely, and higher density observational infrastructure for use in local weather warnings and products, and numerical weather prediction.
- High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR): The HRRR is the only hourly updated, radar-initialized, storm-resolving model running over the US.
- Rapid Refresh (RAP): NOAA's high resolution hourly updating weather model and data assimilation system that provides weather forecasts for North America.
- Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS): A numerical weather prediction tool that provides detailed descriptions and customizable 3D analyses of current and imminent local high-impact weather.
Data Visualization and Education
The Earth System Research Laboratory’s Global Systems Division (ESRL/GSD) develops visual display systems for both the public and scientists to explore and understand climate, weather, ocean, and coastal data. These systems organize vast amounts of data into ways that help us learn about and understand our diverse and complex world.
Data Visualization and Education Research Highlights:
- Science On a Sphere® (SOS): A revolutionary system that communicates climate, weather, ocean, and other Earth sciences to all ages.
- SOS Explorer™ Powered by TerraViz™: Climate, weather, ocean, and other Earth sciences education for the next generation.
- NOAA Earth Information System™ (NEIS) Powered by TerraViz™: A prototype display system framework that ingests and synchronizes NOAA data from different sources in 4D time and space. NEIS™ displays the data through GSD’s multi-platform tool, TerraViz™.
- TerraViz™: The visualization tool for NEIS™ and SOS Explorer™, which harnesses the power of 3D graphics card technology to render and display data.