User Request Form
For a NESDIS
Satellite Product or Service
1. Tracking Number: 411-1
2. Date Received: October 9, 2004
3. Amendments Date(s): December 13, 2004
4. Significant Notes: Kent Hughes originally submitted the form. It was sent to Rick Stumpf to rework and
resubmit which he did in December.
5. Request Title: Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast system
6. User Project Leader (Agency or office, Name, Phone, Fax & email):
NOS/NCCOS/CCMA - Richard Stumpf (Dr.) ; phone 301-713-3028 x173; fax 301-713-4388;
7. Operational Points of Contact (Agency or office, Name, Phone, Fax & email):
NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- NOAA CoastWatch – Kent H. Hughes
8. Technical Points of Contact (Agency or office, Name, Phone, Fax & email):
NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- NOAA CoastWatch – Heng Gu
9. General Description of Need:
Near real time surface chlorophyll calculated with user supplied atmospheric and in water algorithms is
required for all coastal areas at approximately 1 km and delivered to analysts at the National Ocean Survey.
Forecast system is presently operational and image products are supplied routinely. Improvements are
Now cast and forecast support for state, local and tribal coastal managers re harmful algal blooms in
Value Range Less than $100K $100K to $1 Million x Greater than $1 Million
10. Shortcomings of Existing Capabilities:
Replace commercially supplied imagery with openly available imagery from USG platforms. Upgrade
processing system and procedures. Projects to accomplish above ongoing.
12. Need Date: Ongoing
13. Termination Date: Ongoing
14. User Priority: Check
x Mission Critical: Cannot meet operational mission objectives
without this requirement
Mission Optimal: Requirement not critical but would provide
significant improvement to operational capability
Mission Enhancing: Requirement needed to enhance state of
knowledge or assess potential for operational capability
15. NOAA Users What NOAA Mission Goal does this request support (check all that's appropriate)?
only x Ecosystems
x Weather and Water
Commerce & Transportation
x Goal-wide (please specify which program): (maybe)
16. Suggested Solutions (Optional):
17. Concept Of Operations (Optional):
18. Additional Remarks (Optional):
19. Approval Authority (Agency or office, Name, Phone, Fax & email) (mandatory entry):
NOAA/NOS, Richard P. Stumpf, 301-713-3028 x173; fax 301-713-4388; Richard.email@example.com
National Weather Service user requests must be sent James.Heil@noaa.gov and he will forward
them to NESDIS.
All other requests should be sent by Email, fax, or mail to:
Fax: Eileen Maturi at 301-763-8572
Mail: Eileen Maturi
NOAA Science Center, Room 601
5200 Auth Road
Camp Springs, Maryland 20746
Triage Board Member Initial Technical Assessment
OSDPD: Chlorophyll a is available in pre-operational status from SeaWifs (on O2K machine in
FB4) and from MODIS. The MODIS Aqua chlorophyll product is using the NOS, Stumpf
provided algorithm, and executing on the OKEANOS machine (in WWB) using SeaDAS
software. All systems are currently run and maintained by ORA contractors except for some
system administration tasks that are performed by OSDPD contract staff. The West Florida
shelf is the only area being produced with the NOS algorithm. Next business day support is
being given now largely by ORA staff. 24 x 7 support is not envisioned as a requirement at this
time. Documentation on the systems is lacking.
OSD: Chlorophyll concentration, water-leaving radiances, and ocean color biological activities
in the surface layers of the ocean are currently generated using the SeaWiFS sensor on an
ORBIMAGE satellite. SeaWiFS data are obtained from ORBIMAGE via a contractual
purchase or from NASA. On average, one image per day is available for each CoastWatch
region. Chlorophyll concentration products are also available in near real-time from the MODIS
instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. They are made available through
ORA: ORAD processed both orbitview-2 SeaWIFs ocean color data in support of the NOAA
operational HAB Bulletin and Aqua/Terra MODIS ocean color data is processed, based on
availabity from NASA.
Near term improvement plans related to this capability request:
OSDPD: Move SeaWifs processing off O2K and onto OKEANOS machine in WWB.
OKEANOS will likely move to NSOF eventually. The coverage area will eventually expand to
meet user requirement of increased HAB forecast coverage.
ORA: Transition of this product from research to operations to the operational OKEANUS
Technical solution options to meet user request:
OSDPD: The majority of work (systems and software) has been done. User is getting the
OSD: Don’t understand what is meant in Block 10, “Replace commercially supplied imagery
with openly available imagery from USG platforms.Upgrade processing system and procedures.
Projects to accomplish above ongoing.”
ORA: Evaluate the quality of the satellite MODIS in reference to SeaWIFs and satellites used
Recommended course of action:
OSDPD: Document the system(s) in its entirety. Move plan should be developed to move the
OKEANOS system to NSOF. Complete the build-out of OKEANOS system. Install processors
currently in shipping boxes in WWB. Need dark fiber to be enabled to get more data to WWB
for research and development, prototyping, testing, etc. (Continued)
It also would be advisable to make this system operational (and all that entails) with the
understanding that the support level would be next business day and not 24 by 7. That would
likely imply some level of OSDPD support especially if the OKEANOS system ends up in the
OSD: if triage board members don’t understand what capability NOS wants from us, we’ll have
to ask for clarification.
ORA: Continue to expand to other geographic areas based on user request, as bandwidth (dark
fiber) and machine capability are available.
NESDIS TRIAGE BOARD INPUT
22. Kent Hughes/Rick Stumf willbe asked to provide a project plan brief at the May SPSRB
Meeting on "the Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System" (archive and maintenance items
should be included)
NESDIS SPSRB INPUT
23.A project plan for this request was not given. However, an update was provided by Chris
Brown as as part of the OPOP update in April 2005.
NESDIS Resource Updates