NSP chapter strive to improve this awareness, in ad- vided by AFWA include meteorological and environ- dition to providing support to stutterers. They devel- mental support; aviation, terminal and target forecasts; oped a Web site in 1998 that serves as an information prediction of severe weather; automated flight plan- ning; exercise and special mission support; as well as source for stutterers and others, and has attracted sev- the collection and dissemination of environmental data eral new members. and information. Schwerdt has taken on an increasing role with the national NSP as well. He is the regional coordinator AER scientists currently support a number of for local groups in nine Midwestern states and is one AFWA-sponsored research and development activities of three members of the national NSP Advocacy Com- as well as operational algorithm development for re- mittee, which works toward the prevention of discrimi- mote sensing, satellite meteorology and cloud analy- nation against people who stutter. He has been a sis and forecasting. For example, AER has worked speaker at three of the past six NSP annual conven- closely with AFWA in fielding the next generation tions. His energy and enthusiasm inspire not only the global cloud analysis capability, Cloud Depiction and members of the Kansas City NSP chapter, but all who Forecast System II. AER was given the charter to de- know him. sign new state-of-the-art cloud analysis schemes that can leverage all satellite observations into one global Atmospheric and Environmental Research cloud product. In addition, AER's experience in sat- (AER), Inc., announced a Cooperative Research and ellite data assimilation within numerical weather pre- Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Air Force diction models (specifically MM5) has resulted in the Weather Agency (AFWA) of Omaha, Nebraska. The development of new methods to improve the overall multi-year agreement provides on-site AER support utility of the data and information for AFWA. to AFWA development activities, while giving AER The CRDA agreement will align many of AER's timely access to AFWA data, forecasts, databases, ap- corporate research activities toward future satellite data plications software, and products. Though the agree- processing needs of Air Force Weather. Mark Conner, ment, AER maintains the right to commercialize an expert in satellite data processing, a skill he devel- value-added products to nongovernment customers in oped while working as the satellite applications lead the areas of aviation, weather forecasting, and climate for AFWA, is the on-site manager and technical lead related activities. for this agreement. AFWA's production operation involves gathering AER is currently working actively with selected over 140,000 weather reports per day from conven- industry leaders to further expand the commercial as- tional meteorological sources throughout the world. pects of this agreement. AER expects to provide value- By combining these data with information available added products and information spanning such areas from military and civilian meteorological satellites and as support to aviation, weather forecasting, and cli- other environmental data sources, AFWA constructs mate-related activities, to name a few. AER believes a real-time, integrated environmental database. Prod- this timely access to the AFWA databases and the re- ucts, numbering close to 180,000, and services pro- sulting information extraction will provide a new and exciting resource to industry partners providing opera- tional weather support, local and regional media sup- port, and environmentally sensitive business areas. AFWA is a field operating agency of the U.S. Air Force Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Weather Directorate (AF/XOW) 1117 Ilona Torok 2000 and is located at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The 1118 Jeffrey Jamison 2000 agreement was recently executed by Maj. Gen. Rich- 1119 Nick Walker 2000 ard R. Paul, commander of the Air Force Research 1120 Michael Tannura 2000 Laboratories (AFRL/CC) and Cecilia Sze, AER presi- 1121 Mitchell Herring 2000 dent and CEO. AFRL provides research oversight of 1122 Branton Miller 2000 the CRDA in an effort to sustain the technological superiority of our nation by working to exchange knowledge, technology, and expertise between pub- lic and private sectors. • Vol. 8 7, No. 6, June 2000
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2000
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