TPIO Project Spotlight

The NOAA Observing System Integrated Analysis (NOSIA-II) is a capability used to document the relationship between available observing systems and their impact on NOAA’s diverse services and scientific objectives. Understanding the relationship between the cost of available data sources and their impact on mission outcomes is fundamental to informing current and future observing system investments and managing NOAA’s observing system architecture.

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TPIO's Vision:
A vital member of the NOAA Team, providing comprehensive assessments for integration, optimization and sustainment of NOAA's observing systems and data management architectures.
 
  • A chart showing NOAA\s four mission service areas (MSAs), the goals associated with each MSA, and where NOAA's line offices map to the MSAs and goals.

    NOSIA Mission Service Areas (MSA)

    A MSA is a NOAA core function that is focused on a specific environmental process, socioeconomic sector or activity to achieve societal outcomes aligned with NOAA’s mission. They are a representation of NOAA’s core services which rely on environmental information and are part of the NOSIA-II Value Tree framework, and are derived from NGSP Objectives. For more information on NOAA's Value Tree, click the slide.

  • A worker in a clean suit adjusting the CrIS instrument in a laboratory

    ITT's CRIS

    ITT's Cross-track Infrared Sounder, or "CRIS". will be one of five weather and climate-monitoring instruments on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft that NASA is building on behalf of the NOAA.

  • An airplane hangar with an Orion Aircraft with NOAA emblem labelled United States Dept of Commerce

    Lockheed WP-3D Orion

    The NOAA WP-3D Orion leads NOAA's continuing effort to monitor and study hurricanes and other severe storms, the quality of the atmosphere, the state of the ocean and its fish population, and climate trends. Colorful nicknames for this NOAA observing system include "Kermit the Frog" and "Hurricane Hunter".

  • A scatterplot showing the overall impact score for individual observing systems calculated in NOSIA-II compared to the cost of each observing system, with the impact categories rated as very high, high, moderate, low and supplemental

    NOSIA allows us to visualize our data

    This scatterplot provides an easy way to visualize relationships between numerical variables. The sample data in the depiction allows users to view the observing system operational costs (x-axis) versus the observing system impacts (y-axis), while simultaneously compare and contrast with other observing systems.

  • A scientist filling a deflated weather balloon with helium in a laboratory

    Harmless, but essential, Weather Instrument

    Some members of the NOSIA Team recently visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami. While there, they witnessed the twice-daily launching a radiosonde by way of hydrogen-filled weather balloon. Radiosondes, carried free upon the wind, can fall back to the Earth anywhere. They're clearly labeled as a "harmless weather instrument", so has not to alarm people who happen to find them.

  • Visualization Tool Coming Soon!

    Explore NOAA's Observing Systems of Record here on the TPIO web site using the Systems of Record Visualization tool . It's currently under development, but coming soon!

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