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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NOAA Observing Systems


NOAA owns and operates a wide array of observing systems to support its mission. In addition NOAA leverages environmental data from a variety of external sources to supplement its observing assets. These sources may include other US federal agencies, industry and international partners. TPIO's Observing Systems Architecture (OSA) team is responsible for identifying and documenting all current and planned observation systems providing data to meet NOAA observational requirements and conducting analyses to aid in the development of an integrated observing system portfolio. In addition to an integrated portfolio TPIO assists in developing the observing architecture consisting of the blueprint, standards, processes, and investments needed to build an integrated observational capability, and to deliver higher-value data and products to end-users.

The OSA team works closely with the Requirements and Planning (RAP) team to assess NOAA's observation requirements relative to current, planned and conceptual observational capabilities and maintains NOAA's value model which assists in the prioritization of requirements. OSA also provides investment recommendations to the NOAA Observing Systems Council (NOSC) that comply with the architecture and best meet NOAA, national, and international observation and data management priorities.

Documentation of Observing Systems

NOAA Observing System Architecture (NOSA) is a comprehensive database containing information about all of NOAA's observing systems. This information was built with the assistance of NOAA observing system managers, research and operational, within and outside of NOAA. TPIO serves as the principal steward of the NOSA database.


Support to the OSC

TPIO provides support to NOAA's Observing System's Committee (OSC) through engaging stakeholders, providing education on NOAA's policies related to observing systems and coordinating activates to promote OSC goals and objectives. TPIO serves as the Executive Secretariat for the OSC and maintains the committee's website and other internet resources.

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