Decision Support Products


    AWIPS-II Image

    For more than 30 years, GSD has researched and developed the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), the cornerstone of the NWS Forecast Offices. AWIPS integrates weather, water, satellite, and radar data to help forecasters prepare and issue time-sensitive high-impact warnings.


    FXC/CAT Annotation Capabilities

    The CAVE Annotation Tool (CAT) is a graphic annotation capability designed for AWIPS II. It provides a wide range of annotation capabilities for creating web graphics and presentation material. It has many of the graphic capabilities of PowerPoint™ and additional capabilities such as the creation of animated graphics (gif) and the export of KMZ (Google Earth) display files.

  • Clarus

    Image of snow plows on the road

    Clarus is a research and development initiative to demonstrate and evaluate the value of “Anytime, Anywhere Road Weather Information” provided by both public agencies and the private weather enterprise to transportation users and operators. The objective is to give Clarus transportation users and operators capabilities they have grown to rely on to help with transportation decision support issues.

  • DPA

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    The MADIS Data Provider Agent (DPA) project is part of the second phase of the National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) Technology Infusion efforts known as AWIPS-II Extended Data Delivery ("smart push - smart pull").The objectives for the AWIPS-II Data Delivery project are to develop an operational robust infrastructure to support "intelligent" access to non-local data provider datasets such as MADIS.

  • FX-Net

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    FX-Net is an inexpensive PC workstation system for use in a variety of forecast, training, education, and research applications and makes AWIPS accessible over the Internet.

  • GTAS

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    The Geo-Targeted Alerting System (GTAS) project is a prototype implementation of the latest developments in plume modeling, high resolution weather models, and network enabled operations. GTAS will build upon established relationships between local NWS WFOs and local EOCs by providing shared situational awareness of vital data, so that emergency managers can quickly determine the impact and provide mitigation and response plans to the public and other local and state EOCs.

  • Hazard Services

    Hazards Services Prototype Interface Image

    The Integrated Hazard Information Services (Hazard Services) works to integrate NWS hazard tools while fostering collaboration among stakeholders. Hazard Services works to provide comprehensive services for issuing timely and accurate hazard information while enabling two-way communication among all decision-makers.

  • HFIP

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    The goals of the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) are to improve the accuracy and reliability of hurricane forecasts, to extend lead time for hurricane forecasts with increased certainty, and to increase confidence in hurricane forecasts. We contribute to this work through Web tools for model output visualization.


    INSITE Interface Image

    INtegrated Support for Impacted air Traffic Environments (INSITE) provides a weather decision service for common situational awareness and forecast preparation.

  • MADIS Research

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    MADIS now consists of two parts: MADIS Operations, which has been transitioned to National Weather Service (NWS), and MADIS Research, which still resides at GSD. The role of MADIS Research is to improve data ingest schemes, integration of additional datasets and providers, quality control and distribution methods employed by MADIS Operations at NWS.

  • MSAS

    Slice of MSAS Grids on AWIPS

    Surface data is crucial for mesoscale weather forecasting because its time and space resolution is unmatched among in situ observations. The Mesoscale Analysis and Prediction System (MAPS) and the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) Surface Assimilation Systems (MSAS/RSAS) exploit the resolution of surface data by providing timely and detailed surface analyses.


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    The NOAA Integrated Dissemination Program (IDP) NextGen IT Web Services (NGITWS) Project will provide enhanced weather forecast information required for integration into an air traffic management system. This investment supports aviation industry and stakeholders including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).