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Natural Hazards Dissemination at NWS. Robert Bunge, NWS OCIO Director, Internet Services April 6, 2004. Introduction. NWS products are produced by: 122 Weather Forecast Offices National Centers More than 80 different products Text based Disseminated over several different systems.

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natural hazards dissemination at nws

Natural Hazards Dissemination at NWS

Robert Bunge, NWS OCIO

Director, Internet Services

April 6, 2004

introduction
Introduction
  • NWS products are produced by:
    • 122 Weather Forecast Offices
    • National Centers
  • More than 80 different products
  • Text based
  • Disseminated over several different systems

NWS Hazards Dissemination

introduction1
Introduction
  • National Weather Service disseminates hazards information via:
    • NOAAPORT satellite System
    • NOAA Weather Wire Service
    • Emergency Managers Information Network
    • NOAA Weather Radio
    • Internet services (web, ftp, etc)

NWS Hazards Dissemination

architecture goals
Architecture Goals
  • Provide a robust dissemination infrastructure
    • Not dependant on a single source/technology
  • Provide several different access methods
    • Not only backup, but also for different operational and customer needs

NWS Hazards Dissemination

new and emerging
New and Emerging
  • Experiments in putting traditional products in XML to assist machine parsing and processing
  • Experiments in putting traditional products in wireless formats to better reach responders in the field
  • Integration with responder systems like the DHS DMIS project
  • Experiments with GIS dissemination via Internet mapping services

NWS Hazards Dissemination

slide6
XML
  • Experiments with XML
    • XML – a markup language, similar to HTML, designed to aim machine/computer processing of data
    • Tests in two formats based in XML:
      • Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)
      • Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
    • Tests include TPC/NHC products, NWS Watch/Warnings
    • Currently only over Internet, but possible dissemination via NOAAPORT
    • Overall positive feedback
    • http://www.nws.noaa.gov/alerts/

NWS Hazards Dissemination

xml rss example
XML/RSS Example

NWS Hazards Dissemination

wireless
Wireless
  • Experiments that place traditional text products in formats accessible via cellphones, PDAs and other wireless devices
    • Tests include TPC/NHC and some forecast office products in selected locations
    • Some have progressed from experimental to official status
    • Tests use the WAP format
    • No national program at the moment
    • Positive feedback

NWS Hazards Dissemination

dhs dmis system
DHS DMIS System
  • Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) operated by DHS
    • Part of the President’s Disaster Management Egov Initiative
    • DMIS provides interoperability services to the responder community
    • Integration of NWS watch/warnings, current observations, and digital forecasts into the DMIS suite of tools

NWS Hazards Dissemination

gis ims experiment
GIS/IMS Experiment
  • NWS conducted an experimental Internet Mapping Service (IMS) website during the 2003 hurricane season
    • Layered graphical displays of active watch/warnings, projected storm tracks, satellite imagery and other GIS type information
    • Proposed 2004 system, expanded to cover all of US during severe storm season was not funded
    • Foresee significant technical challenges, specially during weather events

NWS Hazards Dissemination

gis ims experiment1
GIS/IMS Experiment

NWS Hazards Dissemination

future
Future
  • All Hazards
    • Possible dissemination of alerts over NOAAPORT in CAP
  • Internet CAP/RSS
    • RSS feeds by county
    • CAP feeds by product
    • Global load balancing of RSS/CAP feeds across several NWS web farms
  • More alert products in wireless formats

NWS Hazards Dissemination

contact
Contact

Robert Bunge

301-713-0262 x200

Robert.bunge@noaa.gov

NWS Hazards Dissemination