SUPPORTING WEATHER DATA
- Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Since its founding in 1992, Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST), of Greenbelt, Maryland, has been developing technologies and providing services in support of NASA scientific research. GST specialties include scientific analysis, science data and information systems, data visualization, communications, networking and Web technologies, computer science, and software system engineering. As a longtime contractor to Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth Science Directorate, GST scientific, engineering, and information technology staff have extensive qualifications with the synthesis of satellite, in situ, and Earth science data for weather- and climate-related projects. GST's experience in this arena is end-to-end, from building satellite ground receiving systems and science data systems, to product generation and research and analysis.
GST developed RODIN for Goddard's Applied Information Sciences Branch as a core capability that would underpin the NASA Regional Applications Center (RAC) program. The RAC program was conceived to provide a nimble, locally implemented and controlled advanced data system that would enable universities, businesses, and local communities to jointly address environmental-related applications or issues of local or regional importance. While the RAC program is no longer actively supported by NASA, the RODIN software lives on through its transfer to private industry. Under a license from NASA, GST has continued to modify and develop RODIN as an add-on enhancement to the company' commercial products.
Based on its earlier work with NASA's Applied Information Sciences Branch, GST introduced DirectMet in 1999, a direct-readout Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Receiver and Workstation for the ingestion, processing, and analysis of geostationary satellite imagery. Used worldwide by professional meteorologists, DirectMet is employed extensively throughout the Caribbean and Pacific to support hurricane tracking among many other applications. The system allows automated user-defined scheduling, subsetting, and product creation, and has unique built-in meteorological analysis functions.
Another application of RODIN is through MetLab, a next-generation meteorological workstation developed by GST in partnership with 3DI, Inc., in 2002. MetLab was recently adopted by the U.S. National Weather Service as its internal World Area Forecast System Aviation Weather Terminal. Deployed from Hawaii in the Pacific to the Caribbean and South America, the workstation provides comprehensive data and toolsets for the professional forecaster. GST is developing a RODIN-based archive system for MetLab's weather data that will be marketed as a comprehensive local meteorological data archive system to support local climate and weather studies. This archive system is needed by small countries around the world that do not have immediate or reliable access to the vast NASA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data holdings that are accessible to the U.S. community at various data centers.
RODIN's unique design has applications that extend beyond those of immediate interest and use to NASA and the weather communities. GST plans to develop RODIN-based archive and retrieval systems that will enable it to serve as a powerful, stand-alone archive for virtually any Earth science-related data system.