Data & Analytics

Volcano's fury gives NOAA a chance to try out new computer models

A lack of data about volcanic ash plumes makes accurate predictions difficult, but new computer models NOAA is testing could improve the science of forecasting the hazardous clouds.

Data & Analytics

Tsunami prediction technology proves its worth

When the 8.8 earthquake struck Chile on Feb. 27, NOAA was providing detailed and accurate reports in hours about what potentially affected communities should expect.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NOAA launches online climate portal

The prototype Climate.gov Web portal would serve as a tool for the proposed NOAA Climate Service, a new line office that would bring together expertise and data from other NOAA offices already observing and modeling the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems.

Data & Analytics

Google to bring NOAA data to new heights

The research and development agreement brings together the data and expertise of NOAA scientists with the data handling and software expertise of Google.

NOAA, Google partner on data visualization project

NOAA and Google will develop the visualization of NOAA's data by using Google’s software.

Data & Analytics

2004 tsunami spurred development of NOAA warning system

When a tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, NOAA’s warning system was in its infancy. Today it has matured into an international network of sensors providing near-real-time data to sophisticated models to produce detailed forecasts and warnings.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NOAA expands its World Ocean Database

The update, the first since 2005, captures 29 different categories of data from the world’s oceans, including oxygen levels, temperatures, salinity and information on gases and isotopes.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NOAA finishes supercomputer

Stratus to help NOAA improve weather forecasts and extend warning times for all forms of severe weather.

Data & Analytics

NOAA’s Science on a Sphere adds a new dimension to data displays

Science on a Sphere is a multimedia 3-D projection system for displaying Earth science data on a globe, created by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Data & Analytics

Science on a Sphere gains international appeal

There are about 35 spheres installed worldwide, with more expected by the end of the year.

Data & Analytics

NOAA to build new satellite ops center

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service will operate from the new facility when it opens in September 2010.

Data & Analytics

NOAA forecasts a mild solar season

An international panel led by NOAA expects fewer sunspots and storms than usual, but the strongest solar storm on record occurred during a below-average cycle.

Data & Analytics

Coast Guard to harness ocean data to improve search and rescue

The Coast Guard can use maps of ocean surface currents to track probable paths of shipwreck victims and drifting lifeboats.

Data & Analytics

NOAA becomes a principal member of Open Geospatial Consortium

Enhanced membership will give the agency a greater say in the future development of standards for interoperable geospatial information systems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NOAA launches online library of marine sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library database is fully searchable by keyword, category and location.

Data & Analytics

NOAA upgrades rescue system

The 406 MHz digital system provides more information than the old, analog 121.5 MHz signal and can determine location to within 5 kilometers instead of 18.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NOAA uses Google Earth to take you down to the sea

NOAA is supplying images, geospatial data and video on the Earth’s oceans for the latest version of the Google application.

State & Local

OASIS approves emergency data exchange standards

OASIS has approved two emergency data exchange languages as OASIS standards, members of the organization said today.

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