Forecasters to work with GSD’s new experimental Hazard Services platform

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Forecasters work with new concepts and tools in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed.

March 31, 2016

For the first time, GSD researchers will provide a new experimental Hazard Services platform in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) as part of the Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) effort. In this new paradigm, forecasters will work with information about how ongoing threats will evolve over time and the probabilities that the threat will happen. The HWT spring experiments run from April 18-June 15 in Norman, OK.

GSD scientists and engineers will be in the HWT to provide the software, documentation, and interview questions for the participants. Forecasters will use the system to practice identifying and predicting short-fused high-impact thunderstorm hazards and provide feedback to developers through blogs and interviews.

At the same time, the NWS is engaged in efforts to build an operational Hazard Services. This will help NWS forecasters and external decision-makers exchange hazard information more quickly and efficiently. Hazard Services for NWS Forecast Offices will streamline hazard tools into one common interface and provide users with a wider variety of hazard products. They can customize Hazard Services for their region of the U.S. to handle different types of severe weather, varied office procedures, and the demands of social media and mobile devices. NWS and decision-makers will see the same picture of the hazard, while emergency managers and law enforcement officers in the field can provide reports of flooding, storm observations, and impacts.

These same Hazard Services concepts are serving as the foundation for the software tools in the HWT and FACETs paradigm.

Funded by the U.S. Weather Research Program, this FACETs work is a collaboration between ESRL/GSD, National Weather Service’s (NWS) Meteorological Development Lab, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). In the future, this work will provide information and services to make communities more resilient, and evolve the NWS.

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