shrug-l: National Weather Service seeks comments on direction of GIS data

Johnson, Jay jjohnson at
Fri Nov 17 15:21:59 EST 2006

From: Johnson, Jay
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2006 1:16 PM
Subject: National Weather Service seeks comments on direction of GIS


You can provide comments at:


Jay Johnson

GIS Technician

Ideas on Paper/Nashville Electric Service

Nashville, TN



National Weather Service> Provision of NWS Info in Geospatial Format


Provision of NWS Information in Geospatial Format


The NWS seeks user input as it evolves its geographical data services.


To advance the environmental information enterprise, NOAA/NWS will
provide information in forms accessible to the public as well as
underlying data in forms convenient to additional processing, to the
extent practicable and within resource constraints.


Data and products will be made available in internet-accessible,
vendor-neutral form. Information will comply with recognized standards,
formats, and metadata descriptions to ensure data from different
observing platforms, data bases, and models can be integrated and used
by all interested parties.


Standards used for dissemination of NOAA/NWS datasets will make
specifications freely available to the public and available to the user
community without charge or restriction. The standards for data
dissemination will be mature and well supported by industry.


While most NWS information is geospatial in nature, the NWS does not yet
systematically provide that information in GIS-ready formats. A listing
of current NWS geospatial data resources can be found at:


Up to now, efforts at providing GIS-friendly information have been
initiated for generally limited purposes or by particular groups -- it
is not yet done in an integrated fashion across the NWS. For that
reason, the resources included in the link above provide a range of
information provided in a number of different modes.


The NWS recognizes the need to systematically provide geospatial
information in a consistent fashion and with operational reliability. We
are seeking comments from users on the provision of geospatial
information by the NWS. We will use these comments to help us allocate
resources in a way that best meets highest priority user needs.


Specifically, we seek input on what classes of information are most
valuable (e.g., radar, temperature, winds, hurricane track), preferred
formats (e.g., shapefile, OGC compliant), and types of access (e.g., ftp
download, map/feature service). Please be a specific as possible. For
instance, the NWS provides temperature information in a number of ways -
if particular temperature data are important, please identify them.


Please provide your comments in the box below. Providing contact
information that would allow follow up with you is strictly voluntary. 




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