ESRL Global Systems Division

Aviation Technology Successfully Transferred

Aviation technology developed by ESRL's Global Systems Division has been successfully transferred to Raytheon. Aviation-specific enhancements made to the Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) regarding icing, turbulence, convection, ceiling, and visibility are now integrated into the OB8.2 and OB8.3 versions of AWIPS, being prepared for field deployment in 2008. For the first time, the National Weather Service's (NWS) Center Weather Service Units can use the AWIPS Remote Display (ARD) to view aviation weather products and map backgrounds for use in their aviation forecasting and briefings to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Traffic Management Units (TMU). These products give visual references to affected airspace that words alone sometimes do not capture. This is a major step at ensuring that future aviation research and development efforts will transition into aviation operational forecasting systems quickly and efficiently and that NWS' role in aviation forecasting for the FAA is strengthened.

The Aviation Branch of GSD has been collaborating with the FAA, the NWS, and the Department of Transportation for over ten years. These efforts have been focused on creating forecaster tools and weather displays tailored for the aviation forecaster, and seamless weather graphics for aviation end-users. Collaborations have resulted in improved situational awareness of weather impact to Air Route Traffic Control Centers' airspace, the ability to create weather impact type briefings for the TMU, and the ability to collaborate with aviation end-users locally and remotely viewing the same graphics at the same time (shared situational awareness). The integration of these efforts into operational AWIPS systems is a major part of creating aviation forecaster systems for FAA's NextGen Network Enabled Weather program.

This new software integration supports NOAA's Weather and Water mission goal as it enhances our customers' preparedness for responding to hazardous weather-related conditions and improves the efficiency and safety of the National Airspace.

Contact information
Name: Greg Pratt
Tel: 303-497-7237