NOAA National Weather Service

The National Weather Service serves the Nation by providing weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. This is done through a collection of national and regional centers, including more than 100 local weather forecast offices.

GINA works closely with the Alaska Region office of the NWS. Key activities include:

  • The NOAA High Latitude Proving Ground which is preparing for the next generation of geostationary and polar orbiting satellites. CIMSS , CIRA , and SPoRT are important partners in these proving ground activities.
  • Aviation weather support for the NWS Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU ) through both the proving ground and the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
  • Access to NOAAport data: NWS Fairbanks provides a feed to GINA and UAF researchers. MODIS and AVHRR imagery shared by GINA with NWS Alaska forecast offices.
  • Sea ice imagery and data support for the NWS Alaska ice desk.
  • Provision of DMSP OLS satellite data captured at NOAA-NESDIS FCDAS reception facility to the NWS forecast offices in near-real-time.
  • Fire weather support through imagery and hot spot detections.
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