The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division (GSD) does the research to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) and the public with rapidly-updating environmental models, state-of-the-art decision support tools, innovative visualization systems, and high-performance computing technology to support commerce and a weather-ready nation.
The Global Systems Division (GSD), part of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), leads the design, development, testing, and delivery of accurate and reliable weather forecast system solutions, impacting the economy, industry, public safety, and more.
NOAA’s Atmospheric Science for Renewable Energy (ASRE) program leverages in-house expertise in atmospheric science, weather observations, modeling, and technology transfer to support our nation’s effort to build and optimize wind and solar power.
The HRRR weather prediction system merges weather prediction science and high performance computing technology with a breakthrough technique for using radar data to achieve a new standard for up-to-the-minute weather forecasting.
An hourly updated weather forecast model/assimilation system that replaced the Rapid Updated Cycle (RUC) at NCEP as NOAA's hourly updated model in May 2012
The Forecast Impact and Quality Assessment Section (FIQAS) uses innovative and rigorous research to provide operational agencies with information and technologies to improve the accuracy, quality, and utility of weather information for critical decision points, thus improving services to the public.
A new computational design for a global icosahedral model has been developed at the Global Systems Division of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL): "Flow-Following – Finite Volume Icosahedral Model", known as the FIM.
New regional and global models are being developed that will require over 200,000 computer-processing units (CPUs) in order to improve prediction of hurricanes, and other severe weather events. NOAA researchers are exploring cutting-edge, high-performance computer architectures to handle these enormous computational demands.
GSD works to advance fire weather research using data, modeling, decision support systems, and joint research, planning, and execution. This provides many benefits, improving fire fighter operations.
One component of the National Weather Service's (NWS) AWIPS II extended effort is the Hazard Services Project. Hazard Services will integrate National Weather Service Hazard Tools in one common interface and process, preserving efficiency of existing applications, and minimizing training
The goal of MADIS is to provide a more usable, complete, accurate, timely and higher density observational infrastructure for use in local weather warnings and products, numerical weather prediction, and use by the greater meteorolgy community.
High Resoulution Rapid Refresh (HRRR), Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS), Integrated Support for Impacted Air Traffic Environments (INSITE), and SOS Explorer™: 3D Earth science on your laptop
The Earth System Research Laboratory/Global Systems Division (GSD) has a robust Server Virtualization program which began in 2011.
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® uses high-speed computers, projectors, and advanced imaging techniques to create the illusion of a planet, the Sun, a moon, or any other celestial body rotating in space and to show weather and other geophysical data.
SOS is a globe that shows dynamic animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet. Many displays are possible, limited only by the imagination.
There are currently exhibits featuring SOS at museums and science centers throughout the United States, and the number of these exhibits continues to grow. More than 25 million people per year view SOS.
The NOAA Office of Education and the Institute for Learning Innovation conducted a cross-site summative evaluation of Science On a Sphere®.
Installations of NOAA's Science On a Sphere are not limited to the U.S. This list contains all of the locations of installations all over the world.
A desktop-based version of SOS®, SOS Explorer™, helps bring the SOS® experience into classrooms and homes. SOS Explorer™ builds upon SOS exhibits with many of the same datasets, but allows users to explore the data in ways that are not possible in an exhibit setting.
To improve accuracy and timeliness of predictions, there is an ever increasing volume of complex data and equations that need to be processed. ESRL/GSD is one of NOAA’s three locations that host R&D high performance computing systems which are shared by the entire NOAA user community.
Terraviz allows fluid interation across time and space, providing a tool for exploring NOAA's vast collection of information.