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					                 NASA’s SPoRT PROGRAM
 Mission: Apply NASA measurement systems and
   unique Earth science research to improve the
   accuracy of short-term (0-24 hr) weather prediction at
   the regional and local scale        Collaborative Research Area
Test bed for transitioning products to
operations (NWS and private sector)
 •   data dissemination
 •   product development and testing
 •   training
 •   product assessment
 •   impact analysis
Focus Areas
  • EOS satellite observations
  • Modeling and data assimilation
  • Nowcasting and lightning

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           SPoRT PROGRAM RESOURCES


• sixth year                                             G&A adj.

• stable funding                             begin full cost

• in-house technical
  experts in the field
• broad base of
  collaborators
• fourth SAC meeting
                                                                       staff turnover
• meeting needs of end                                                      
  user community



     http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/sport
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                  SPoRT PROGRAM STAFF
                              Dr. William M. Lapenta - Co-Principal Investigator
                              Dr. Gary J. Jedlovec - Co-Principal Investigator
                              Melody C. Herrmann - Project Manager
• sixth year                  Additional NASA Scientists
                              Dr. Richard J. Blakeslee
• stable funding              Dr. Shih-Hung Chou
                              Paul Meyer
• in-house technical          UAH Research Associates
  experts in the field        Dennis E. Buechler - Senior Research Associate
                              Stephanie L. Haines - Research Associate
• broad base of               Katherine M. LaCasse - Research Associate
                              Dr. John R. Mecikalski – Professor/research staff
  collaborators               Bradley T. Zavodsky - Research Associate
• fourth SAC meeting          Other
                              Will McCarty - Graduate Research Assistant
• meeting needs of end        Andrew L. Molthan - Graduate Research Assistant
                              Dr. Bob Atkinson & Scott Dembek - consultants
  user community              Jason Burks NWS ITO
                              Jonathan L. Case - Senior Scientist / Meteorologist
                              Chris B. Darden - Science and Operations Officer
                              John M. Hall – lightning and information technology
                              Frank J. LaFontaine - Research Associate
                              Eugene W. McCaul - Research Scientist
                              Erik R. Reimers - Student Research Assistant          3
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        SPoRT PROGRAM COLLABORATORS

                              SPoRT University, Government, and Other Partners
• sixth year                 • NOAA/NESDIS/STAR
• stable funding             • Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
                             • National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
• in-house technical
                             • NWS Southern Region Headquarters & local WFOs
  experts in the field
                             • University or Wisconsin
• broad base of              • University of Alabama - Huntsville
  collaborators              • University of South Florida
• fourth SAC meeting         • Florida State University
                             • New Mexico Tech
• meeting needs of end
                             • University of Oklahoma
  user community
                             • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
                             • Vaisala, Inc
                             • WorldWinds, Inc.


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     SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAC)

Membership
• drawn from a community of research scientists and forecasters
•
    Role
• represent the spectrum of government, university, and commercial
  organizations involved in short-term weather forecasting and the
  transition of emerging satellite and modeling technologies into the
  operational environment
SAC activities
• serve as a knowledge resource on short-term weather prediction, satellite
  data and derived products, mesoscale modeling, and data assimilation
  issues
• provide guidance and direction on SPoRT research and transitional
  activities
SPoRT SAC last met in November 2005

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             2005 SAC RECOMENDATIONS
SPoRT has followed and implemented the majority of the
 recommendations from the 2005 SAC review!
Key administrative items:
• hold meetings every 1.5-2 years, rotate members and maintain diversity
• continue to emphasize unique areas and strengths – expanded work with
  MODIS (products) and LMA (DC area), including AIRS products and data
  assimilation
• work to maintain clear path of products to operations – expanded
  dissemination opportunities, work collaboratively with NESDIS/NWS and
  AWIPS team(s) on transition opportunities
• sponsor workshops which focus on SPoRT transitional activities – SPoRT
  Science and Operations Office (SOO) workshop summer 2006
• coordinate with instrument science teams – expanded involvement with
  AIRS team and collaborate with CloudSat team
• disseminate information on SPoRT to a broader community – started
  SPoRT quarterly newsletter and produced a webcast describing SPoRT
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              2005 SAC RECOMENDATIONS

AIRS data:
•   evaluate value of AIRS data as well as impact - version 5 retrievals
•   focus on AIRS assimilation cases studies over U.S. land regions – new case
    studies and near real-time approach
•   consider direct use of profiles by forecasters – real-time profiles from UW
    direct broadcast to WFOs planned for version 5 retrievals
•   work with JCSDA on assimilation of AIRS radiances in GSI – extended stay by
    Will McCarty at JCSDA, assimilation work being done with GSI on JCSDA
    computers

MODIS data and products:
•   use additional data to enhance utility of SST composite for tropical cyclone
    applications – began studies adding AMSR-E, contributed product to MAP06
    for NAMMA (summer 2006)
•   continue dissemination of MODIS products to other WFOS – establishing new
    dissemination paradigm for wider dissemination and training


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             2005 SAC RECOMENDATIONS


WRF:
•   work more closely with NOAA land-surface staff to include remotely
    sensed observations of the surface – acquired expertise to focus on
    use of coupled WRF/LIS in collaboration with GSFC
•   expand case studies for thunderstorm forecasts – we have conducted
    more case study evaluations

Convective initiation studies:
•   transition CI product to operations – CI product now in AWIPS and
    ready for evaluation and assessment with forecasters




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                2005 SAC RECOMENDATIONS
Misc:
• continue development of SPoRT strategic plan – mission statement and
  • Develop advocacy at NOAA/NWS
  advice from SAC and NASA HQs provides guidance on our strategic direction
  --- looking to formulate plan in late 2007
• work with GSFC DA office and JCSDA on assimilation activities to maximize
  benefit to operational community – collaborate with GSFC on coupled
  WRF/LIS and GSI/WRF AIRS data assimilation
• develop advocacy at NWS HQs – this has been a challenge!
   – we keep Kevin Schrab updated on SPoRT activities
   – Steve Goodman now with NESDIS/STAR to work R2O activities (briefed G. Mandt)
   – working with developers of next generation AWIPS to transition unique NPP
     products
• document and transition process to get unique data into AWIPS – have done
  this with NESDIS / STAR, UW who now provides products to selective Western
  and Central Region WFOs, work with NRL and NESDIS / OSDPD on transition
  (N-AWIPS), and established new paradigm for data dissemination

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SPoRT believes the Science Advisory Committee
 (SAC) is a very valuable asset to the program
  • it values their input
  • is responsive to their recommendations


SPoRT has achieved more than this!




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        ACCOMPLISHMENTS (since Nov. 2005)

General
• hosted a NASA/NWS SPoRT / Science Operations Officer (SOO) workshop
• began new collaborations with (WorldWinds, Inc.; NRL- Monterey; Sterling.
  Melbourne, & Billings WFOs; and NESDIS (NDE, STAR; OSDPD)
• established new paradigm for data dissemination to WFOs
• published / submitted 8 journal articles
• submitted 7 new proposals (1 funded, 5 pending) that leverage off of
  SPoRT activities
• is balancing manpower and needed skills to maintain an effective work
  force
• revamped SPoRT web page
• jointly developed a "white paper" with NESDIS on how SPoRT will
  collaborate with the NPOESS Data Exploitation (NDE) office

                          Yellow –in direct response to SAC 2005 recommendation
                          White -- additional accomplishment
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        ACCOMPLISHMENTS (since Nov. 2005)

AIRS
• completed AIRS profile assimilation impact for new east coast case study –
 improvement in mid to upper-level temperature and moisture patterns in 36-
 48h forecasts
• developed and demonstrated methodology to conduct near real-time profile
 assimilation with WRF
• enhanced working relationship with AIRS science team to demonstrate
 utility of AIRS products in operational environment
• obtaining AIRS L1B/L2 data from University of Wisconsin direct broadcast
• developed a technique to identify uncontaminated AIRS spectral channels in
 cloudy scenes
• applied GOES / MODIS cloud product approaches to AIRS data (CO2 height /
 cloud fraction)
                          Yellow –in direct response to SAC 2005 recommendation
                          White -- additional accomplishment

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        ACCOMPLISHMENTS (since Nov. 2005)
MODIS
• published article (IEEE TGRS) on MODIS (SST) compositing technique
• began real-time dissemination of MODIS SST composites in GRIB
(gridded binary) format to community - SERVIR, WorldWind Inc., MAP06,
NAMMA, WFO/WRF studies, etc.
• adapted SST compositing technique to MODIS ocean color products
Other remote sensing
• made NESDIS GOES Aviation Products available to WFOs in advance of
AWIPS build – request from NESDIS
• disseminated CIRA polar orbiting TWP products to WFOs (request from
SOO workshop)
• used CloudSat data to help validate GOES/MODIS/AIRS cloud detection
and height assignment schemes
• evaluated use of AMSR-E surface products for weather applications

                         Yellow –in direct response to SAC 2005 recommendation
                         White -- additional accomplishment                         13
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       ACCOMPLISHMENTS (since Nov. 2005)
WRF
• implemented a coupled WRF/LIS at NASA/MSFC/SPoRT – early results
  show improved 2m temperatures and low level circulation patterns
• used CloudSat simulator (QuickBeam) to provide first comparisons
  between CloudSat observations of real clouds and the cloud systems
  simulated by WRF
• collaborated with Mobile WFO on WRF (with MODIS SST data) case study
  demonstrating improved wind / temperature forecast in coastal regions
• developed collaborative project with Miami WFO to conduct robust
 demonstration of use of high resolution MODIS SST fields on WRF
 forecasts
• developed capability to run GSI/WRF at JCSDA for AIRS data assimilation
  studies
• NSSL WRF forecasts to WFOs

                         Yellow –in direct response to SAC 2005 recommendation
                         White -- additional accomplishment                         14
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        ACCOMPLISHMENTS (since Nov. 2005)
Nowcasting
• transitioned convective initiation product output to AWIPS for evaluation and
 operational usage – training and survey
• refined algorithms for dissemination and display of LMA data in AWIPS
• assessment of LMA impact based on surveys / reports from forecasters
Data dissemination
• began dissemination of products via Local Data Manager for reduction in
  latency and broader dissemination
Training modules and surveys
• developed a SPoRT webcast on SPoRT activities
• developed several new product training modules for use by WFO (GOES
  aviation products, ADAS fields in AWIPS, Convective Initiation (CI) products
  in AWIPS)
• participated in NPOESS Training Development Workshop funded by IPO
                           Yellow –in direct response to SAC 2005 recommendation
                           White -- additional accomplishment                         15
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                                SUMMARY

SPoRT has:
• made significant contributions to the transition of NASA data to
  operations over the last 18 months
•   remains focused on its mission
•   been responsive to SAC and NASA Headquarters direction
•   received consistent funding and support from NASA HQs
•   established new partners who bring their own resources
SPoRT actively:
• seeks external funding and new collaborators
• disseminates the results of its work

SPoRT is planning for the future by directing applications and
 efforts towards NPP/NPOESS data and its transition into the
 next generation AWIPS systems to be used by NWS forecasters

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