The Aviation Weather Center will host the 2016 Aviation Weather Testbed Summer Experiment from August 15-26, 2016. The experiment will focus on three main components: utilizing Hazard Services in AWIPS to produce Convective SIGMET at AWC, collaboration of national cloud and visibility forecasts between AWC and Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), experimental changes to the Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement (CAWS).
The experiment will kickoff each Monday of the experiment at 7:30 am with coffee and introductions. Daily activities will begin around 8:00 am and conclude between 4:00 and 4:30 pm depending on weather. Each day we will have a lunchtime seminar on varying topics.
We will be ordering lunch so if interested please bring cash.
This year's experiment is set up with three types of experimental forecast desks that will have different areas of focus on aviation weather forecasting improvement and decision support for traffic flow management. Additionally, there will be a GOES-R desk that will leverage a suite of products to support the various experiment desks. More specific details and tasks related to each desk will be presented at the time of the experiment. Below is an overview of what can be expected at each of the desks.
The main focus of this desk will be to test the use of AWIPS Hazard Services to produce the convective SIGMET more efficiently within the D2D perspective.
The main focus of this desk will be to test the use of Graphical Forecast Editor software on AWIPS2 for creating cloud and visibility products on a national scale. These national scale products will be passed to simulated WFOs in the Operations Proving Ground for local manipulation for a final national scale product that will drive a common picture for cloud and visibility that can be used to derive consistent national, regional, and local products.
This experiment will focus on potential changes to the CAWS including additional components, terminology, and production techniques that were identified in FAA field evaluations conducted by AWDE and CDM WET recommendations. We will be utilizing a main production desk and two support desks. Additionally, we will be taking advantage of collaboration via designated chat rooms and the suite of experimental and operational data sets for guidance. New CCFP algorithms will be evaluated during this experiment.
The Satellite Support Desk will serve as an extension of the satellite products and support available at each desk within the experiment, both the N-AWIPS and AWIPS-2 systems. It will include a variety of next generation satellite products and focus on providing up-to-date satellite-based support and situational awareness for all of the aforementioned tasks at each desk.
The Aviation Weather Development and Evaluation (AWDE) services at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ will be will be running a parallel testbed experiment assessing the human factors component of products issued during the summer experiment from an end-user perspective and actively participating in collaboration on products such as the CAWS.