Well, maybe not exactly, but chances are, you're probably already familiar with our work, you just don't know it yet. Currently, ONS holds contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), where we have provided a number of technical applications including IT support. Our work for NOAA and NWS has insured the ability of these federal agencies to continue in their data collection methods, and distribute the said information to meteorologists nationwide.
Amongst the number of projects we have participated in with NWS, we were crucial in the build, implementation, and launch of such preventative applications as the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS), the Advanced Flood Warning System (AFWS), and Inundation mapping, all of which have combined to help save lives and property nationwide.
The majority of our past projects focus around government agencies centered around climate and precipitation data, but that's not all we do. Our past projects testify to our experience and ability to implement highly technical data collection applications, that in turn, can be used in a practical manner. Though data collection is our specialty, we are capable of much more, including the development of web applications and IT support systems.
ONS developed a database driven, Web based configuration management system to provide a centralized webpage/software configuration module for multiple divisions within the National Weather Service. This project cut hundreds of hours of coordination between field office's Information Technology Officers when it came time to update project web pages when a national change was to be implemented. This project manages the actions of 625+ users within the National Weather Service Field Offices and Headquarters staff (eliminated 100's of flat configuration files). Additionally, this gave the NWS a series of divisional websites that have a consistent look and feel, which provided their organization with a more organized and professional Web presence.
Design, implementation, and support of all National Weather Service, National Level Climate Website. This database driven enterprise Web-suite works in conjunction with the NWS CMS (listed above) and provides all National Weather Service Climate Data that is provided by every Weather Forecast Office nationwide. ONS developed a database and developed a process to gather information from NCDC (National Climate Data Center) to backfill this database. Additionally, ONS has been contracted to support these national level, mission critical pages on a yearly basis.
Part of the NWS National Climate enterprise Web-suite. The L3MTO is a forecast product extended from the three-month climate outlook that NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) produces on the third Thursday of each month. ONS developed a series of processes that takes these forecasts and produces this information onthe Web. This also works in conjunction with the database driven NWS CMS.
National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Springs, MD Description: The National Weather Service Inundation Mapping Interface is a web-based tool that is integrated into the AHPS (Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service) Web-suite and provides flood inundation maps that show the extent of flooding expected spatially over a given area. This is a GIS project that ONS developed for the NWS Office of Hydrologic Development in conjunction with the Office of Climate Water and Weather Services. ONS has developed 49 sites to date with additional sites planned to be completed in the next few years since becoming a national level project.
ONS has been contracted to support aspects of all web projects at NWS Western Region Headquarters. ONS has been contracting this work over the past 3 years and completes all needed changes to be made to web applications and pages that are managed at the Regional Level.
ONS has been contracted to support aspects of all web projects at NWS Eastern Region Headquarters. ONS has been contracting this work over the past 2 years and completes all needed changes to be made to web applications and pages that are managed at the Regional Level.
ONS teamed with ACIS Applied Climate Information Systems Group to get a specific type of climate data integrated into the National Climate Web-suite. The Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) developed and maintained by the NOAA Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) is designed to manage the complex flow of information from climate data collectors to the end users of climate information. Its purpose is to both alleviate the burden of climate information management for people that require climate information to make management decisions and the manipulate data for basic and applied research. ACIS brings historical climate information and near real-time data together under one umbrella system where they are fused into quality products to assess historical climate trends, enhance daily operational decisions, or assist with any number of climate dependent activities.
Provide technical support to ER Web Team to consult on how to make their Web function(s)/process(s) more efficient. Wrote, directed, and created (produced on distributable medium) a movie showcasing the Inundation Project Software at ER field offices.
ONS developed a RSS notification system for AHPS sensors and systems located within NWS ER. This system notifies subscribers when new information becomes available for a subscribed data point.
A NWS National-Level project that is associated with NWS IFLOWS. This project involves ONS taking the http://www.afws.net website and developing a database driven Web-suite that works in conjunction with NWS CMS. In addition to the Web development side to the project, ONS was extensively involved in the development and field testing of a digital signal processor that helps convert RF data to digital data that can be filtered and sent over the Internet to a caching database; installation support of this field hardware was also conducted by ONS field-support staff. RSS data feeds and alert notifications were also developed to work in conjunction with collected and validated field sensor information. AFWS mapping interfaces were also developed utilizing Google Maps platform.
National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Springs, MD Description: Design, implementation, and support of all NWS, National-Level AHPS Website/Pages. This database driven enterprise Web-suite works in conjunction with the NWS CMS (listed above) and provides all National Weather Service River and Lake data that is provided by every Weather Forecast Office/Hydrologic Service Area nationwide. ONS assisted the NWS in the process of developing software to dynamically plot river forecasts on a color-coded hydrograph (XML HydroGen). Additionally, a monitoring system was also developed to ensure that river forecast points are updating correctly with specified time periods. The AHPS project can be viewed below.
ONS is in the process of developing a software interface for a series of environmental sensors that detect radiation that could possibly be released during a demolition and/or remediation process at the Department of Energy Hanford Nuclear Site/Facility. This contract is also working in conjunction with Pacific Northwest National Lab.
ONS currently supports WVDHSEM, under the direction of Homeland Security in the State of WV, in all aspects of IT support dealing with state supported Flash Flooding Warning Systems. This support is carried out remotely and on-site in West Virginia. Additionally, ONS developed and currently hosts a website (www.rainfall.net) that displays precipitation and river stage information that is collected throughout West Virginia.
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