TOPS is a modeling software system that integrates data from satellite, aircraft, and ground sensors, and weather/climate models with application models to expeditiously produce operational nowcasts and forecasts of ecological conditions. TOPS allows determination of the options for different socio-economic and resource management approaches to dealing with fluctuations within our biosphere, and will help in mitigating potential negative impacts.

TOPS provides reliable data on current and predicted ecosystem conditions through automation of the data retrieval, pre-processing, integration, and modeling steps, allowing TOPS data products to be used in operational settings for a range of applications.

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