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How can OPPA help you?


  • For general inquiries about OPPA

  • Submit a request for Observation Requirements Data
    TPIO works closely with NOAA program leaders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to document observing requirements in an extensive database called the Consolidated Observing User Requirement List (COURL). So this request is sometimes called a “COURL Request.”

  • Submit a request for NOSIA-II Analysis Information
    The NOAA Observing System Integration Analysis II (NOSIA II), conducted in Summer 2013, collected an extensive amount of information based on a value tree structure relating NOAA Goals, Missions, Offices/Sites, Products, the performance of the products, supporting observing systems, the impacts of observing systems to products and the overall satisfaction of observing systems.

    While TPIO is working to develop a set of standardized reports for each NOAA entity involved in NOSIA II, and a more detailed request process, we provide this initial request form to begin capturing data mining requests until that time. You can learn more about NOSIA-II by clicking here.

    For each request received TPIO will first conduct an initial request clarification session with you to ensure they understand your needs.

  • Submit a request for Requirements & Capabilities Analysis
    Sometimes called a “CASrt Request.” The CasaNOSA Analysis System Requirements Tool (CASrt) was developed as a data analysis tool to perform direct comparisons of the observational capabilities captured in the NOAA Observing System Architecture (NOSA) database, against the observation requirements captured in the Consolidated Observation User Requirements List (COURL).  This capability in CASrt helps the user discover where investments in observational capabilities satisfy the most requirements.

    The method of analysis used in CASrt measures how well any observing capability satisfies any given observational requirement, and assigns a numeric score called the Relative Gap Assessment to each comparison.

  • View Validated Observation Requirement Documents
    Sometimes referred to as PORDs. These signed documents have passed the validation step and have been signed by the NOSC co-chairs. They are available for viewing or download (Adobe .pdf file).