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PSD Acronym List

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 A
AHPS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System
AO Arctic Oscillation
ASOS Automated Surface Observing System
AWC Aviation Weather Center
AWIPS Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System
B
C
CBRFC Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (SLC Utah)
CCA Canonical Correlation Analysis
CDC Climatic Diagnostics Center
CEOS Committee on Earth Observations Satellites
CIO Chief Information Officer
CIRA Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences
CITM Cooperative Institute for Tropical Meteorology
CMAP CPC Merged Analysis of Precipitation
C-MAWDS Computerized Marine Weather Data System
CMDL Climate Modeling Diagnostics Laboratory
CMM Commission for Marine Meteorology
CNRFC California-Nevada River Forecast Center (Sacramento CA)
COARE Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment
COMET Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology Education
CPC Climate Prediction Center (NOAA/NCEP)
D
DOC Department of Commerce
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
E
ECMWF European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts
EDT Eastern Daylight Time (EDT is UTC minus 4 hours)
ENSO El Nino/Southern Oscillation
EOF Empirical Orthogonal Function
EPIC East Pacific Investigation of Climate Processes in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System
ERL Environmental Research Laboratories
EROS Earth Resources Observation Satellite
ESF Hydrologic Outlook
EST Eastern Standard Time (EST is UTC minus 5 hours)
ETL Environmental Technology Laboratory
ESRL Earth Science Resource Laboratory
F
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FNL Final Analysis
FSL Forecast Systems Laboratory
FTP File Transfer Protocol
G
GARP Global Atmospheric Research Program
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GDAS Global Data Assimilation System
GDDS GOES Data Distribution System
GDSS Gauge Data Support System
GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment
GIF Graphics Interface Format
GIS Geographic Information System
GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies
GLERL Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
GMT Greenwich Mean Time (also known as UTC)
GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GOES-NEXT Next Generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GPCP Global Precipitation Climate Project
GPS Global Positioning System
GRIB Gridded Binary
GSCP GOES satellite cloud product
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center
GSM Global Spectral Model
GSR Ground-based scanning radiometer
H
HDD Heating Degree Days
HPC Hydrometeorological Prediction Center
HRC Hurricane Research Center
HRL Hydrologic Research Laboratory
HTML HyperText Markup Language
HTTP Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
HWO Hazardous Weather Outlook
I
ICOADS International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IGY International Geophysical Year
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
INDOEX Indian Ocean Experiment
IP Internet Protocol
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change
IR Infrared
ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project
ISCS International Satellite Communications Systems
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
ISL Integrated Systems Laboratory
ISO International Standards Organization
ISPAN Information Stream Processor for AWIPS/NOAAPORT
ISWS Illinois State Water Survey
IT Information Technology
ITCT International Transport and Continental Transformation program
ITCZ Intertropical Convergence Zone
IWIN Interactive Weather Information Network
J
JAG/AW Joint Action Group/Aviation Weather
JAWF Joint Agricultural Weather Facility
JASMIME Joint Air-Sea Monsoon Investigation
JAWOP Joint Automated Weather Observation Program
JISAO Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Oceans
JOI Joint Oceanographic Institution
K
kB Kilobyte
KWAJEX Kwajalein Experiment
L
LAN Local Area Network
LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory
LANSAT Land Satellite
LLNL Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
LMRFC Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center
LRC Langley Research Center
M
MAPS Mesoscale Analysis and Prediction System
MBL Marine Boundary Layer
MARFC Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center (State College PA)
mb Millibar
MBRFC Missouri Basin River Forecast Center
MDL Meteorological Development Laboratory
METAR Meteorological Aviation Report
MRF Medium Range Forecast
MSL Mean Sea Level
MSU Microwave Sounding Unit
MJO Madden-Julian Oscillation
MMCR Millimeter Cloud Radar
MWR Microwave radiometer
MSC Meteorological Service of Canada
N
NAME North American Monsoon Experiment
NAO North Atlantic Oscillation
NARR North American Regional Reanalysis
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCDC National Climatic Data Center
NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction
NCRFC North Central River Forecast Center
NEAQS New England Air Quality Study
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
NEXRAD Next Generation Weather Radar
NGDC National Geophysical Data Center
NGM Nested Grid Model
NHC National Hurricane Center
NIDIS National Integrated Drought Information System
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOC Network Operations Center
NODC National Oceanographic Data Center
NOS National Ocean Service
NPCO NOAA Portable Cloud Observatory
NRL Naval Research Laboratory
NSA North Slope of Alaska CART site
NSF National Science Foundation
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSSL National Severe Storms Laboratory
NWRFC Northwest River Forecast Center (Portland OR)
NWS National Weather Service
O
OAR Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
OHD Office of Hydrologic Development
OHRFC Ohio River Forecast Center (Cincinnati OH)
ONR Office of Naval Research
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory
openDAP Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol
OST Office of Science and Technology
OLR Outgoing Longwave Radiation
P
PACS Pan American Climate Studies
(P)AERI (Polar) Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer
PDI Palmer Drought Index
PNA Pacific North American (Pattern)
PSD Physical Science Division (of ESRL)
Q
QBO Quasi-Biennial Oscillation
R
RCC Regional Climate Center
RFC River Forecast Center
RICO Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean Experiment
S
SCOPE San Clemente Ocean Probing Experiment
SCS Ship Computer System
SEARCH Study of Environmental Arctic Change
SERFC Southeast River Forecast Center (Atlanta GA)
SEC Space Environment Center
SGP Southern Great Plains CART site
SHEBA Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean
SMG Spaceflight Meteorology Group
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SPC Storm Prediction Center (NOAA)
SQL Structured Query Language
T
TAO TAO Tropical Atmosphere Ocean
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TOGA Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere program
TPNN Trans-Pacific Profiler Network
TPC Tropical Prediction Center
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
URL Uniform Resource Locator
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USFS U.S. Forest Service
USGCRP U.S. Global Change Research Program
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
UTC Coordinated Universal Time (also refered to as GMT)
V
W
WAN Wide Area Network
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WGRFC West Gulf River Forecast Center (Fort Worth TX)
WHFS WFO Hydrologic Forecast System
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WSH National Weather Service Headquarters
WX Weather
WWA Western Water Assessment
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Z
Z-Time Slang Term for UTC (Derived from Zulu Time)
Zulu Time Another term for UTC