ESRL Global Systems Division

MADIS Reaches Milestone in its Transition to Operations

During the week of September 21, ESRL's Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) met a major milestone in its transition of real-time capabilities to operations when its ingest and distribution hardware and software were installed at the National Weather Service (NWS) Telecommunications Operations Center (TOC).

The NWS MADIS system will consist of an integrated TOC and National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Central Operations (NCO) distributed system. Initial operating capability for the system is scheduled for 2010. ESRL will remain as the primary MADIS Research and Development organization, and will host a research-to-operations test environment facility within ESRL/GSD. Planned product improvements and upgrades to MADIS datasets and services are also underway, including those necessary to support:

  • the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen);
  • the Weather In-Situ Deployment Optimization Method (WISDOM); and
  • the National Mesonet projects.

MADIS has been one of NOAA's highest priority research-to-operations transition projects for several years, with overall plans for the implementation of MADIS real-time capabilities at the NWS and the transfer of existing MADIS saved datasets and future archive responsibilities to the NESDIS National Climatic Data Center. In 2008, an Independent Review Team was formed to assist NOAA Management in making decisions on how best to achieve the transition of MADIS into NOAA operations. The transition of MADIS real-time capabilities to the NWS is now underway.

A data management system developed at ESRL, MADIS serves the greater meteorological community by supporting the collection, integration, quality control, and distribution of thousands of NOAA and non-NOAA observations, including over 60,000 surface mesonet stations from local, state, and federal agencies, and private networks, as well as upper-air datasets including multiagency wind profiler and ground-based radiometer observations. By doing so, it is serving one of NOAA's main mission goals to "Serve Society's Needs for Weather and Water Information." Additionally, MADIS supplies non-NOAA data providers with quality control and station monitoring information to assist in their maintenance activities and to enhance and promote the mutual benefits of public/private data sharing.

Contact information
Name: Patricia A Miller
Tel: 303-497-6365