GSD's experimental 'Hazard Services' system tested in flash flood forecasting environment

Image of the new Hazard Services interface

Operational activities are taking place from July 6 to July 24, on weekdays at the HMT test facility in Norman, OK.

Forecasters will be hands-on with a new hydrologic hazards function in the experimental “Hazard Services” system during the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) Hydro Experiment, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. Hazard Services combines multiple Automated Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) applications into one common interface to streamline the process of issuing life-saving river flood, flash flood, and areal flood watches, warnings, and advisories.

Hazard Services is a joint project between Earth System Research Laboratory’s Global Systems Division (GSD), the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), and Raytheon Technical Services.

For this experiment, participating forecasters will input hazardous hydrologic features and thresholds, such as burn scars or tropical events, impacts, and actionable information, so Hazard Services can produce a first estimate of hazard timing and location. Research scientists will also investigate best practices for the warning decision-making process and the overall usability of the Hazard Services platform.

Hazard Services developers will incorporate feedback from NWS forecasters to improve future applications, displays, and product concepts in AWIPS2 and other operational systems.

In addition to NOAA scientists within GSD, key players on the team include NOAA’s cooperative institute partners, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

MRMS-Hydro is led by NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and is part of the 2015 United States Weather Research Program (USWRP) Hydrometeorological Testbed (HMT).

MRMS-Hydro 2015 provides a real-time environment to rapidly test the latest observing and modeling capabilities to optimize them for transition to operational decision-making in support of a Weather-Ready Nation.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093