Services Program: Meeting current and
future needs of the NWS
Daniel Nietfeld, NOAA/OAR/ESRL/GSD, Boulder, CO
Tracy Hansen, NOAA/OAR/ESRL/GSD
Hazard Services, an AWIPS software application presently in development to unify the existing NWS watch-warning-advisory applications, is an integral part of the NWS-Weather-Ready Nation vision. Within a single interface, Hazard Services will analyze data from various inputs and assist the forecaster in diagnosing and communicating hazard information. In addition, Hazard Services will also shift the present focus on text products to multiple pathways of communication such as social media, cell phones, graphics, text, and XML. Thus, Hazard Services will act as a conduit for transforming leading-edge science into timely, accurate, and actionable information for end users in ways that meet their needs.
Hazard Services is also designed to be highly configurable, flexible, and extensible. While work continues toward an operational version for NWS local forecast offices, experimental efforts are underway to extend Hazard Services concepts to regional and national offices such as River Forecast Centers and National Centers. An added advantage of using the same application across various levels of the NWS is the opportunity to share forecast information for consistency and collaboration which will help facilitate a unified NWS message. With a common platform accessing existing and new model guidance, including ensembles, it is also possible to grow to the next phase of Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs). We will present a sampling of applications and show how the experimental work is both using and contributing to the Hazard Services framework.