January 16 2015

NOAA Makes its Mark at the 2015 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

NESDIS AA, Stephen Volz, Ph.D., addressed audiences and discussed NOAA's satellite products and visualizations.
NESDIS AA, Stephen Volz, Ph.D., addressed audiences and discussed NOAA's satellite products and visualizations.
Folks from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) recently participated in the American Meteorological Society’s 95TH Annual Meeting. The NESDIS staff took time to “rub elbows,” so to speak, with current colleagues and new partners within the metrological community. Such events allow for across-the-board information and training on trends in environmental monitoring and weather forecasting, in addition to climate monitoring and modeling.

The AMS meeting took place January 4–8, 2015, in Phoenix. This year’s theme was “Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place.” The meeting urged participants to collaborate and innovate to develop – and ultimately deliver – actionable, user-specific weather, water and climate information.

Dr. Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for NESDIS, was one of the many NOAA presenters for the Science On a Sphere®. The Science On a Sphere® is a large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere in order to show dynamic, animated images of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land mass.

The AMS 15th Presidential Forum

NOAA’S Dr. Kathy Sullivan and the Presidential panel discuss the meteorological enterprise for 2040.
NOAA’S Dr. Kathy Sullivan and the Presidential panel discuss the meteorological enterprise for 2040. Photo credit: American Meteorological Society
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, led the 15th Presidential Forum with a keynote on her vision for the meteorology enterprise in the year 2040. Following her keynote, the panelists – representing different demographics and perspectives – provided their vision, accompanied by a moderated discussion among the panelists. The AMS full keynote address is available on line.

Sessions explored how the community is turning vision into a reality, focusing on scientific, technical and professional advances to ultimately develop and deliver widespread, highly-customized weather, water and climate information. Team members from the NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) participated throughout the conference through keynote addresses, presentations, briefings, and poster sessions.

NOAA Exhibit Booth: NOAA View

Dan Pisut, Environmental Visualization Program Manager, presents data sets available in NOAA View.
Dan Pisut, Environmental Visualization Program Manager, presents data sets available in NOAA View.
NOAA was also among the various exhibitors in the AMS Exhibit Hall. The NOAA booth featured “NOAA View,” developed by the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory. NOAA View uses NOAA satellite and global data resources to showcase hundreds of environmental variables from NOAA's archive of satellite images, climate model results and other observations. Data is available from as far back as 1880s and as recently as the previous day. Links are provided for each dataset to access the original, science-quality data. Access the NOAA View tool here.

GOES-R and JPSS Program Overviews

The NESDIS team members spoke and participated in various sessions around the JPSS and GOES satellite programs explaining societal benefits of satellite data applications, satellite testbeds and proving ground advances, algorithmn development and user readiness plans. Harry Cikanek, JPSS Director, and Mike Stringer, GOES-R Assistant System Program Director, spoke at “Program Overviews and Status for New Operational Environmental Satellite Systems.” This sesssion provided an overview and status of each program, highlighting development progress, instrument integration, user readiness efforts and launch plans.

Related Links

NOAA View: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/view/
Science On a Sphere®:http://sos.noaa.gov/What_is_SOS/index.html
AMS and the annual meeting www.ametsoc.org
NOAA Satellites’ photos from the 95th AMS Meeting: https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaasatellites/