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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Annual Meeting [February 13, 2015]
Kelly Stroker, Coastal Sciences Team Lead, participated in the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) annual meeting, Mapping and Modeling Subcommittee, as well as the Mitigation and Education Subcommittee Meetings held in Portland, Oregon February 9-13, 2015. At the workshop, Ms. Stroker discussed the national tsunami data archive, recent improvements in the ingest, archive, and delivery of tide gauge data, and worked with NOAA and coastal states to identify digital elevation modeling priorities for the coming year. The NTHMP is a Federal/State partnership between NOAA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the 28 U.S. Coastal States Territories, and Commonwealths. It focuses on reducing the impact of tsunamis through hazard assessment, warning guidance, and mitigation. The primary goals of NTHMP are to raise awareness, develop integrated tsunami maps and models for improved warning guidance and evacuation, improve tsunami warning systems, and incorporate tsunami planning into state and federal multi-hazard programs. NTHMP mitigation capability takes a multi-hazards physical, commercial and ecological approach that responds to socio-economic and disaster management priorities. NGDC is the national archive and access provider for tsunami data and information and develops seamless topographic-bathymetric digital elevation models for coastal flood forecast and mapping.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Supports Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Launch [February 08, 2015]
William Denig, William Rowland, and Paul Lot'aniu from NGDC have been invited to attend the DSCOVR launch on February 8, 2015. NGDC is responsible for the Archive, Access, and Assessment (AAA) of the DSCOVR solar wind data. NGDC preparations to support DSCOVR are complete and the data center is ready to accept and distribute the DSCOVR solar wind products once the spacecraft transitions to operations.
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Aerospace Review of GOES-R Post Launch Test (PLT) Plans [February 05, 2015]
Dr. William Denig of the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) will participate in the outbrief of the Aerospace Corporation's review of post launch test plans for GOES-R. The scope of the review is the instrument performance plans as well as environmental product calibration and validation test plans. The NOAA NGDC is responsible for product cal-val for the GOES-R space weather sensors through the Calibration Validation Coordination Team (CVCT). The Aerospace team will brief the GOES-R System Program Director and Deputy on February 5th with the CVCT product leads in attendance.
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The National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) consolidated water-level data archive [February 05, 2015]
The newly formed National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) has been working together on a consolidated water-level data archive to include data stewardship for the CO-OPS 15-second, 1-minute, 6-minute, current and other data. An initial meeting was held in mid-December with partners from all data centers (formerly NODC, NGDC, and NCDC) to discuss the data available, the gaps in data stewardship, and roles and responsibilities. The driver for this meeting was to have the ability to support nuisance flooding with tide gauge data, opportunities for improved products and services, and the desire to include a tide/water level product in the Monthly State of the Climate Reports. The team has set up a follow-up meeting that will included partners from NOS/CO-OPS to explore their needs, gaps, and capabilities. The tide gauge data is a primary example in a data stream that will benefit greatly from the newly consolidated data centers in the "Strengthening NESDIS" reorganization. This meeting is set for February 5, 2015.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Outreach to NOAA Partners [February 03, 2015]
Susan McLean, Chief of NGDC's Marine Geophysics Division, will take the opportunity of being in Silver Spring, MD 2-3 February for a NOAA Awards Ceremony to meet with NOAA ocean data partners in the National Weather Service (NWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the National Ocean Service (NOS). The meetings will focus on opportunities and actions in light of the approval to move forward with the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI). NGDC currently has signed Service Level Agreements (SLA) with NWS's Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services (OCWWS) and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology to steward data and provide data services. NGDC and NOS' Office of Coast Survey have a draft SLA that will be completed under the auspices of NCEI. In addition to introducing at a high-level NCEI and the consolidated oceans and geophysics science center, Ms. McLean will discuss the NOAA Leadership Competency Development Program project currently underway to develop a comprehensive understanding of NOAA's ocean data stewardship gaps and requirements.
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