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Collaborative Efforts with Other NOAA Line Offices and Agencies



National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC)

  • National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
  • Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD)
  • Office of Research and Applications (ORA)
  • Oceanic Research and Applications Division (ORAD)
  • National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) Collaboration with NOAA
  • OAR: Office of Ocean Exploration, FSL
  • NOS: CSC, NMS, NCCOS &CSC, NCCOS, OCRM
  • NMFS: PRD, Galveston Lab, Mississippi Lab
  • NWS: NDBC, WFO New Orleans , VOS

Collaboration Examples

  1. Office of Ocean Exploration - work cooperatively to provide end-to-end data management services to meet constituent needs for access to OE data collections.
  2. FSL - work cooperatively to meet constituent requirements for Coastal Hazard Assessment
  3. CSC - work cooperatively to develop constituent requirements for Coastal Hazard Assessment
  4. NMS - work cooperatively to develop constituent requirements for data observed within National Marine Sanctuaries
  5. NCCOS & CSC - work cooperatively to meet constituent requirements for Harmful Algal Bloom data
  6. NCCOS - access to CO-OPS data
  7. OCRM - NCDDC develops content management framework to facilitate OCRM management efforts
  8. PRD - NCDDC acquires and standardizes data in preparation for geospatial analysis.
  9. Galveston Lab - NCCDC develops Internet mapping services and other tools to prototype decision processes in the Galveston Ecosystem
  10. Mississippi Lab - NCDDC provides data processing and publication services in cooperation with the Mississippi Lab
  11. Mississippi Lab - NCDDC develops Internet mapping services and gateway services providing Internet access to SEAMAP data
  12. NDBC - NCDDC provides access to geospatially enabled buoy data
  13. New Orleans NWSFO – Collaboration on annual public event, the Xtreme Weather Fair
  14. NWS/VOS - NCDDC is developing an application model architecture to manage VOS data

Data SharApril 26, 2005

  1. Office of Ocean Exploration- NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access. Collaborating with NESDIS for data archival.
  2. FSL - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access.
  3. NMS - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access. Collaborating within NESDIS for data archival.
  4. NCCOS & CSC - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access
  5. NCCOS - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access
  6. OCRM - NCDDC provides Web services
  7. PRD - Hard copy data products
  8. Galveston Lab - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, analysis, and access
  9. Mississippi Lab - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, analysis, and access
  10. NDBC - NCDDC provides Internet services for data discovery, display, and access
  11. NWS/New Orleans NWSFO – NCCDC provides organizational and PAO services for events
  12. NWS/VOS – NCDDC provides web services

NOAA Line Office Data /Services Support

  1. Office of Ocean Exploration- OE provides data collected during research expeditions
  2. FSL - FSL provides MADIS data
  3. National Marine Sanctuaries - NOS provides geospatially enabled data to support the Internet mapping process and funding to facilitate deployment and collection of observed data
  4. NCCOS & CSC - CSC provides geospatially enabled digital files that support the creation of the HABSOS bulletin and Condition report
  5. NCCOS – NCCOS provides CO-OPS data
  6. OCRM – OCRM provides data to prototype the services
  7. Galveston Lab – Galveston Lab provides local habitat data to support the decision support system prototype
  8. Mississippi Lab provides data collected aboard the Oregon ll in near real time and provides SEAMAP data
  9. NDBC – NDBC provides buoy data
  10. NWS/New Orleans NWSFO – New Orleans NWSFO provide organizational and PAO services for events
  11. NWS/VOS – NWS provides VOS data

NCDDC collaborates with NOAA Line Offices by two modes:

A. Bilaterally

  1. NWS local forecast office and National Data Buoy Center – both GIS services
  2. NMFS hypoxia data services
  3. OAR Sea Grant data services for Coastal Risk Atlas
  4. NOS Ocean Exploration data catalogue and OCRM
  5. NMAO outreach graphics
  6. NWS River Forecast office in Slidell, LA, for GIS and student intern training

B. Multilaterally (functionality is the common element)

  1. MAGIC for student internship collaboration
  2. NOAA headquarters support for the NOAA Outreach poster
  3. Infinity Science Center for local support of the design among all NOAA offices
  4. Kiosk at Stennis Space Center features each NOAA Line Office throughout the year
  5. XTreme Weather Fair is our premier Team NOAA outreach for all NOAA offices
  6. Stennis News articles submitted on behalf of all NOAA offices

Support to the NOAA Office of Sustainable Development and Education for the new science center Infinity at Stennis Space Center

NCDDC has developed relationships with each NOAA office in the region plus others at the national scale for outreach, customer service and education. GIS System support and data services have been two common themes among the bilateral relationships.

NCDDC collaborations for student interns have been one of the most effective multi-office successes. Outreach at the XTreme Weather Fair is another national scale success.

Web services for the hypoxia data and Ocean Exploration data have been the most effective collaborations for data.


National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Collaboration with NOAA

NGDC collaborates with NOAA Research (OAR), NWS Boulder, ( Space Environment Center ), OFA, NOS/NGS and NOS/OCS.

Collaboration Examples

  1. Data archive, access, and assessment; research support; operational support; technology development; outreach
  2. Provide GPS/CORS and various space weather information to NWS/SEC space weather forecast center.

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Collaboration with NOAA

In addition to operational activities involved with ingest and archive of data, NCDC has collaborative efforts with all five NOAA Line Offices.

Collaboration Examples

Collaboration efforts involve five general areas, including:

  1. Development of products
    • High resolution precipitation climatology (OHD)
    • Climate monitoring reports; Drought & State of Climate (OAR, NWS, NOS)
  2. Conversion of historical data to records accessible via the Internet Image, index, key, vectorize, OCR (All NOAA Line Offices)
  3. Installation/maintenance/coordination of observing networks
    • Climate Reference Network installation and maintenance (ARL/ATDD)
    • Global Buoy Need Index (AOML)
    • GCOS surface, upper air, radiation, trace gas networks (NWS, OAR)
  4. Planning ISOS, COOP Modernizations (OAR, NWS)
    • Site selection and installation of HCN modernized network (OAR, NWS)
    • Coordinating regional and state climate services across NOAA RCCs and SCs collaborations (NWS and OAR)
    • Pacific Region Integrated Data Enterprise (All NOAA Line Offices)
  5. Science research
    • Weekly blended satellite/in-situ sea surface temperature (NCEP)
    • Development of QC techniques for radar/rain gage data (FSL)
    • IPCC working group coordination (OAR/OGP/C2D2)
    • Health of NOAA's Observing Networks (NWS)
    • Data mining, access, visualization of Radar data (NWS)
    • Reanalysis effort (OAR)

Many projects are cooperative efforts or partnerships among NOAA Line Offices. As such, data and expertise are provided that support these cooperative efforts. NCDC examples include the NOAA Reanalysis effort, collaboration on Climate Reference Network instrumentation testing, and a quarterly report on a global buoy need index. In addition, NOAA's Regional and State Climate Centers provide data and services to the climate community.

Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD) Collaboration with NOAA

OSDPD collaborates with NWS, NOS, NMFS, and OAR.

Collaboration Examples

  1. OSDPD coordinates with each Line Office regarding their Argos and DCS requirements for current and future systems.
  2. OSDPD provides guidance and support to NMFS in their use of commercial satellite services.
  3. OSDPD collaborates with the NOAA NWS to provide non-NOAA satellite data for assimilation into the NWS models.
  4. OSDPD collaborates with the NWS through the interagency Committee on Operational Processing Centers to identify satellite data assimilation requirements.
  5. OSDPD collaborates with the NWS to identify new product requirements.
  6. OSDPD provides NOAA NWS 99% of the data used in their models.
  7. 95% of observations used in NWS flood forecasts comes from DCS platforms.
  8. NOS uses DCS for both their CO-OPS and PORTS programs.
  9. NWS, OAR, NMFS, and NOS all use data from the Argos system.
  10. OSDPD provides GOES and POES satellite imagery to the NWS.
  11. OSDPD provides over 250 products to the NWS and other Line Offices.

Office of Research and Applications (ORA) Collaboration with NOAA

ORA collaborates with NOAA NWS /NCEP/Climate Prediction Center and OAR Aeronomy Lab.

Collaboration Examples

  1. NWS/NCEP/Climate Prediction Center - Provide experimental information/products for:
    • Drought (start time, development, intensity, duration derived from satellites
    • Moisture, surface wetness maps
    • Maps of vegetation stress, fire risk
    • Response to special requests (tailored products comparing two different droughts, area affected by drought etc.)
  2. Ozone (used to monitor ozone depletion and recovery and UV index)
  3. Atmospheric temperatures
  4. NWS Office of Atmospheric Research - Cooperative work to use a larger fraction of the available satellite data more rapidly and more effectively to improve numerical weather prediction modeling (forecasting)
  5. OAR Aeronomy Lab - Provide experimental information/products to monitor changes in traces gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane from hyperspectral infrared sounders. Also providing information on Air Quality, such as ozone and aerosols.
  6. OAR Aeronomy Lab- ORA uses products from Aeronomy Lab for validation of our satellite products.

Oceanic Research and Applications Division (ORAD) Collaboration with NOAA

ORAD collaborates with other NOAA Line Offices (LO) through NOAA's CoastWatch (CW) Program, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and products, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Team, and Coral Reef Watch (CRW).

Collaboration Examples

1. CoastWatch Program

Coast Watch's Central Operations is located within ORAD and works with NOS, NCCOS/CCMA and Coastal Services Center . As well, participating CW Nodes located throughout the country are hosted by other LOs:

  • Alaska – NWS, Alaska Region HQ
  • Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico – OAR (AOML) and NMFS
  • Central Pacific – NMFS, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
  • Great Lakes – OAR, Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
  • Northeast – NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center / Narragansett Laboratory
  • West Coast – NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Environmental Research Division

Central Operations (Ops) and NOS collaborate in Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting. Central Ops processes ocean color satellite data using algorithms from CCMA, and the forecast is provided by CSC. As for the Nodes, the LOs host the Nodes at their location as well as provide a person to serve as Node Manager. Central Ops offers support for the Nodes to process and provide data products for users in their region and LO mission. Last, in the development stage, is collaboration with NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office (which is a ‘mix' of LOs) for new/improved ocean satellite remote sensing products for the Chesapeake Bay .

2. SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar Program

Alaska Weather Service Forecast Offices and the Alaska Regional Office ORAD provide SAR data, tailored SAR products, test AWIPS SAR product files, and training to NWS offices in Alaska within the context of the Alaska SAR Demonstration. Products and applications include:

  • High-resolution coastal winds
  • Ice products
  • Ship positions
  • Storm location
  • Spring river ice break-up.

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory – ORAD participates with the CoastWatch Node at GLERL in improving SAR ice analysis products for the Great Lakes .

NMFS in Honolulu and Pacific Grove – ORAD collaborates with these offices in the GhostNet project which has as its goal the detection of derelict fishing gear at sea before it can continue to kill marine life and damage coral reefs. ORAD provides tailored satellite products and analyses in support of locating convergence zones to search with aircraft instruments for locating marine debris.

3. Sea Surface Temperature Program

ORAD collaborates with NOAA NCEP NWS, Ocean Modeling Branch and Ocean Prediction Center. The SST program provides tailored operational products for assimilation into their models for forecasting ocean state.

4. Coral Reef Watch Program

The Coral Reef Watch (CRW) Program fully supports all line offices via the Ecosystem and Climate Matrix Goals. Coral Reef Watch is a key element of the Ecosystem's Goal, Coral Reef Conservation Program, headed by David Kennedy. Through this program, CRW partners with NMFS, OAR and NOS in the Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS) monitoring and data integration efforts. At this time, NWS is not an active participant in the CREIOS or the Coral Reef Conservation Program. In the Climate Goal, CRW is slated to provide ecosystem level feedback to climate change research as part of the Climate and Ecosystem program headed by Ned Cyr. In this capacity, CRW will collaborate with NMFS and NWS to provide coral reef information for integration to long term climatic models.

Coral Reef Watch collaborates with NESDIS entities, such as NODC, NCDC and NGDC to provide a variety of products to a diverse suite of customers; moreover, CRW utilizes OAR's AOML Coral Reef Early Warning System, or CREWS data, as well as NWS/NDBS C-MAN data, as an in-situ ground-truthing system for the satellite-obtained information.

Coral Reef Watch products, such as the coral bleaching Hot Spots and Degree Heating Weeks are operational products that continuously monitor conditions conducive to coral bleaching and supply these to various NOAA users, including managers of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries and coral reef researchers.