Decision Support

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Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS)-II

Supporting NOAA’s goal to improve preparedness, response, and recovery from weather and water events by building a Weather-Ready Nation, GSD continues to develop innovative, leading-edge forecast tools. The tools, usable by human and automated decision-making processes, will improve public safety, transportation safety and efficiency, effective usage of wind and solar energy, and improvements to other economic activities strengthening the resiliency of the Nation’s communities. Since the early 1980s beginning with the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), GSD has developed and transitioned decision-support tools to the National Weather Service (NWS). Over the next 5-10 years, GSD will build and deploy advanced technologies that revolutionize and streamline operations for NWS and other partners by developing tools for: 1) issuing timely and accurate weather hazard information, 2) monitoring forecasts and providing short-term updates as weather changes, 3) two-way communication for collaboration between forecasters and decision-makers, and 4) the effective use of ensemble forecast information to better convey weather uncertainty to decision-makers and the public. GSD will continue to work with its Federal Aviation Administration partner to develop and transition state-of-the-art technologies used by air traffic planners to identify and mitigate the effects of potential weather impacts resulting from convective storms, low ceiling or visibility, icing, strong winds, or turbulence within the National Airspace System (NAS), thus improving traffic flow efficiency and reducing flight delays.