NOAA Exhibits ESRL Research at AMS 2006

Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The AMS annual meeting offers NOAA researchers the opportunity to share research and technological developments with the wider meteorological community. ESRL programs included in the NOAA exhibit this year include:

Advanced Linux Protype System (ALPS)

The objective of the Advanced Linux Prototype System (ALPS) is to help the NWS accelerate the transition to an all-linux AWIPS system architecture and also to address some of the anticipated near-term AWIPS system challenges. ALPS will be diplaying global and non-weather datasets.

UAS soars over the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Demonstrating the potential that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have for helping NOAA meet their strategic goals and objectives including improved Weather and Climate Prediction. NOAA completed two UAS demonstrations during 2005, one using a high-altitude-long-endurance UAS and a second using a low flying UAS that flew into tropical storm Ophelia. We are currently exploring the potential role that UAS could have in improving hurricance track and intensity forecasts.


The One NOAA prototype is an exploratory development activity at the ESRL Global Systems Division. It is designed to demonstrate a common interface for displaying a wide variety of oceanic, atmospheric, and other data sets collected by NOAA programs on an easily adaptable desk-top environment.

Display of wild fires on FX-Net.


FX-Net is a meteorological PC workstation that provides access to the basic display capability of an AWIPS workstation via the Internet. The AWIPS workstation user interface is emulated very closely. Bandwidth limitations are addressed by using new data compression techniques (W4) along with multithread client-side processing and communication.

Map interface to realtime Profiler Network data.

NOAA Profiler Network (NPN)

The NOAA Profiler Network (NPN), consisting of 35 unmanned Doppler Radar sites located in 18 central US states and Alaska, provides hourly vertical wind profile data. The data produced by this network are distributed to the National Weather Service (NWS), environmental research groups, and Universities. The NPN has operating continuously since 1992 and celebrated its 12th Anniversary in 2004.

US map showing GPS-Met station locations.

NOAA/GSD Ground-Based GPS Meteorology (GPS-MET)

The purpose of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ground-Based GPS-IPW project is to: 1) Evaluate the engineering and scientific bases of surface-based GPS meteorology. 2) Demonstrate the feasibility and utility of using surface-based GPS observations for improved weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and satellite sensor calibraton/validation, 3.) Transfer this observing system technology to operational use.

Science on a Sphere illuminated.

Science On a Sphere

Science On A Sphere provides a dramatic visualization of complex information in an understandable form for the public; a unique instrument for teaching students science, math, and geography; and a handy scientific tool to translate numerical information into visual images.