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Notice of Changes

Partnership Policy


Last Updated:

12/27/2017

Name of product or service:

AVHRR GVF and VHP Products Retirement Notification

Type of change:

Termination of AVHRR GVF and VHP products processing systems (3/31/2018)

Description:

NESDIS intends to retire Green Vegetation Fraction (GVF) and Vegetation Health Products (VHP) from AVHRR in March of this year.  Attached is the Retirement Notification Form with products and announcement information in this email.

The planned product retirement date is March 30, 2018. To file an appeal, please contact Hanjun.Ding@noaa.gov by March 23, 2018. 

Point of contact:

Hanjun Ding at Hanjun.Ding@noaa.gov

Send comments to:

Hanjun Ding at Hanjun.Ding@noaa.gov

 


Last Updated:

01/7/2016

Name of product or service:

Space Physics Interactive Data Resource (SPIDR)

Type of change:

Decommission Service

Description:

SPIDR was designed to allow a solar-terrestrial physics customer to intelligently access and manage historical space physics data for integration with environment models and space weather forecasts. SPIDR is a distributed network of synchronous databases and 100% Java middle-ware servers accessed via the World Wide Web.

This data access service is no longer maintained, and other access options are available to search and retrieve data.

Point of contact:

William Denig,william.denig@noaa.gov.

Send comments to:

William Denig,william.denig@noaa.gov.

 


Last Updated:

01/7/2016

Name of product or service:

Global Monthly AVHRR Climatology Over Land (1985 - 1994) and Pathfinder Climate Data (1987 - 1988) CD-ROM Products

Type of change:

Discontinue two product web pages hosted at NCEI-CO.

Description:

The National Centers for Environmental Information, Boulder, Colorado location (NCEI-CO) host two legacy products online originally created for CD-ROMs back in the 1990s. One product is the Global Monthly AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) Climatology Over Land CD-ROM, (spanning 1985 - 1994) and NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Climate Data CD-ROM (spanning 1987 - 1988). Both products utilize raw data that exist at either the NOAA or NASA archives, and were created under the auspices of an Ecosystems Division that no longer exists within the organization.

The products utilize software that is no longer supported or maintained, the web pages contain obsolete links and references to individuals and resources that are no longer associated with the organization, and in many cases, contain data formats that have become outdated. The state of both products have lost their utility over time (last update made in 1997-98) as technology has evolved, support personnel have moved on and the priorities of organization have changed.

Point of contact:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov.

Send comments to:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov

 


Last Updated:

01/10/2015

Name of product or service:

Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid (MERMAid).

Type of change:

MERMAid Deactivation

Description:

This message is to inform our users that NESDIS/NCEI is considering discontinuing the Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid (MERMAid) product. MERMAid is a secure, online Web-based application that allows users to develop metadata records in compliance with the Federal Geographic Data Committee Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, to organize these metadata records any way they see fit (i.e., by project, data type, personnel, etc.), and to publish these records to catalogs for public discovery and data access. While MERMAid has proven very beneficial over many years, it does not meet NOAA’s directive to use ISO to document NOAA’s environmental data and information. Moreover, it is built on a software base that is no longer supported within NCEI. If MERMAid is deactivated, current users will need to find alternate sources for the editing, validation and publication of their standard CSDGM and related profile metadata. In addition, any published metadata available on the National Centers for Environmental Information’s WAF from existing accounts will be unavailable as of December 31, 2015. NCEI will export existing metadata records upon request.

Point of contact:

Angela Sallis,angela.sallis@noaa.gov and 228-688-5604

Send comments to:

Angela Sallis,angela.sallis@noaa.gov and 228-688-5604

 


Last Updated:

10/05/15

Name of product or service:

SPENES (TXUS20)

Type of change:

SPENES retirement/divestiture notifications

Description:

Effective 1200 UTCNovember 16, 2015, the NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB) Satellite Precipitation Guidance Message Product (SPENES, WMO header TXUS20 KWBC) will no longer be issued for the continental US (lower 48 states) but will continue to be issued for Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. SAB will continue satellite support to the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) and satellite-based information from SAB may be integrated by WPC’s forecasters into their MPDs (Mesoscale Precipitation Discussions). This is intended to providea single source of centralized guidance on heavy rainfall and flash flood threats and ensure consistent message delivery.

Point of contact:

Davida Streett,davida.streett@noaa.gov and 202-264-0102

Send comments to:

Davida Streett,davida.streett@noaa.gov and 202-264-0102

 


Last Updated:

04/30/14

Name of product or service:

NOAA Observing Systems Architecture (NOSA)

Type of change:

Discontinue website hosted at NGDC.

Description:

During 2002 Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.) called for a fundamental review of NOAA's strengths and opportunities for improvement. A Program Review Team reviewed and debated issues and developed suggestions for building a better NOAA. These suggestions led to a recommendation to have a centralized planning approach for integrating NOAA observing systems and indicated a clear need for a NOAA-wide observing system architecture. NOAA responded by creating the NOAA Observing System Architecture (NOSA) Action Group, which led the charge on having a website and backend database created to store information about NOAA's observing system architecture. The goals of this IT project were: design observing systems that support NOAA's mission and provide maximum value, avoid duplication of existing systems, and operate efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. NOSA includes: NOAA's observing systems (and others) required to support NOAA's mission, The relationship among observing systems including how they contribute to support NOAA's mission and associated observing requirements, and the guidelines governing the design of a target architecture and the evolution toward this target architecture. NGDC no longer receives funding for maintaining information stored in the underlying relational database, and some of the search tools are no longer maintained to serve the initial purpose of the website. The contents of the database will be transferred to NOAA's Technology, Planning, and Integration for Observation (TPIO) Office.

Point of contact:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov and 301 683-3230

Send comments to:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov and 301 683-3230

 


Last Updated:

04/21/14

Name of product or service:

The processing of MODIS/Aqua Ehux bloom and calcite products

Type of change:

Termination of the processing of MODIS/Aqua Ehux bloom and calcite products

Description:

The generation of global MODIS/Aqua Emiliania huxleyi bloom and calcite concentration products will be terminated on 22 May 2014 unless a NOAA operational user for either of these products is identified prior to this date. Though the E. huxleyi bloom and calcite products provide valuable information to assist in monitoring the response of the marine ecosystem to ocean acidification and climate change, we have not identified any NOAA operational users that will use either of these two products. As a result, the NOAA Satellite Product and Services Review Board has recommended that the Office of Satellite and Products Operations terminate the processing of these two products until NOAA operational users for these products are identified. The MODIS/Aqua E. huxleyi bloom and calcite products have been generated and distributed to the user community since October 2012. They are monitored athttp://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/color/index.html, and are accessible inftp://cw-okeanos.noaa.gov/pub/data1/EHUX_data_experimental/. Note that the products have been reduced from 24 regions (global coverage) to six regions since 6 March 2014.

Point of contact:

Dr. Banghua Yan, Oceanographert at Banghua.Yan@noaa.govand 301 683-3230

Send comments to:

Dr. Banghua Yan, Oceanographert at Banghua.Yan@noaa.gov

 


Last Updated:

11/25/13

Name of product or service:

NOAA-18 and NOAA-19 ATOVS Sounding Products

Type of change:

Termination of NOAA-18 and NOAA-19 ATOVS Sounding Products onJanuary 15, 2014

Description:

The NOAA-18 and NOAA-19 ATOVS Sounding capability will be replaced with a Metop-A/Metop-B and SNPP (NOAA Unique CrIS/ ATMS Product System (NUCAPS)) capabilities in order to optimize and accommodate new soundings missions within NOAA/NESDIS. NESDIS intends to terminate the NOAA-18 and NOAA-19 ATOVS sounding products generation and dissemination on January 15, 2013. Please contact ESPC Operations atESPCOperations@noaa.govor (301) 817-3880 if you require more information.

Point of contact:

ESPC Operations atEspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880

Send comments to:

ESPC Operations atEspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880

 


Last Updated:

03/13/13

Name of product or service:

NOAA-15 ATOVS Sounding Products onMay 30, 2013

Type of change:

Termination of NOAA-15 ATOVS Sounding Products onMay 30, 2013

Description:

NOAA-15 ATOVS capability will be replaced with a Metop capabilities (i.e., Metop-A and Metop-B ATOVS capability) in order to optimize resources to accommodate the Metop- capabilities. A decision has been made by NESDIS to terminate the NOAA-15 ATOVS sounding products generation and dissemination on May 30, 2013. Please contact ESPC Operations if you require more information please contact the ESPC Help Desk at ESPCOperations@noaa.govor (301) 817-3880.

Point of contact:

ESPC Operations at EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880

Send comments to:

ESPC Operations at EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880


Last Updated:

07/22/12

Name of product or service:

NOAA-15 GVI products (Fractional Vegetation Index, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) )

Type of change:

Termination of NOAA-15 Global Vegetation Index (GVI) Products on September 30, 2012

Description:

The NOAA-15 AVHRR NDVI products are getting degraded significantly as the instrument ECT is drifting away from 7:45AM to 4:45AM. The NDVI algorithms could not work optimally with the drift. As a result, the NOAA-15 AVHRR vegetation products are unable to meet the operational requirements for quality. A decision has been made by NESDIS to terminate the NOAA-15 GVI products generation and dissemination on September 30, 2012. 

Point of contact:

ESPC Operations at EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880

Send comments to:

ESPC Operations at EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880


Last Updated:

07/20/12

Name of product or service:

NESDIS Calibrated SSM/IS TDR

Type of change:

Termination of the Calibrated SSM/IS TDR Products on September 30, 2012

Description:

There is no real time user for NESDIS Calibrated SSM/IS TDR in OSPO product audit conducted in 2011. STAR is the only user and has agreed to run the F16 calibrated SSM/IS TDR software application in house. A decision has been made by NESDIS to divest the processing to STAR, and terminate the calibrated SSM/IS TDR products generation and dissemination on September 30, 2012. 

Point of contact:

ESPC Operations atEspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880

Send comments to:

ESPC Operations atEspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880


Last Updated:

06/22/2012

Name of product or service:

11km Global Geo-Polar Blended Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Analysis
Data set available at: NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations

Type of change:

Discontinue production of this product on September 1, 2013.

Description:

Note: The replacement product at 5 km grid spacing is currently in production (operational May 2012).

An SST analysis incorporating satellite-borne instruments is a true global analysis. Each instrument has its own strengths and weaknesses, depending on the sensor type, platform, orbit, etc. The production of an accurate SST depends on merging the data from these sources and accounting for the differing measurement methods and accuracies while maintaining as much of the information in the observations as possible to capture the best of each sensor.

The product to be discontinued is a daily SST analysis (operational June 2008) that combines Geostationary (GOES-E/W, MT-SAT and Meteosat) SST and POES and Metop (AVHRR) SSTs into a single high-resolution (0.1°x0.1°) product. This original resolution was chosen to approximately match the Nyquist sampling criterion for the mid-latitude Rossby radius (~20 km) to ensure the preservation of mesoscale oceanographic features such as eddies and frontal meanders. The methodology employs a rigorous multi-scale optimal interpolation which approximates the Kalman filter, together with a data-adaptive correlation length scale to ensure the balance between detail preservation and noise reduction. The analysis has proven a significant success, even when compared to other products which purport to be of similar or higher resolution.

The 11km blended SST product can be replaced with the higher resolution product which uses the same multi-scale optimum interpolation technique cited above. The replacement product is at 5km (1/20 degree) grid spacing.

Point of contact:

John Snapper, john.sapper@noaa.gov

Send comments to:

John Snapper, john.sapper@noaa.gov


Last Updated:

01/19/12

Name of product or service:

Global Ecosystems Database

Type of change:

Discontinue archival support and data distribution at NGDC.

Description:

The Global Ecosystems Database (GED) project began in 1990 as an Interagency project between the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon (ERL-C). The primary objective of the project was to produce a spatially integrated database (including observational time sequences and model simulation outputs) with high quality metadata for characterization and modeling support within the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Datasets were selected for publication to meet research priorities established by the EPA/ERL-C and to expand the use of datasets of potential value to the modeling and applied research community. Following prototype development, the first publicly released volume of the database was GED "Disk A" (September 1992). In 1993 datasets for Disk B were distributed for review. The final version of disk B, published in 1997 completed the review, update, and publication process with new or revised versions plus several important additional datasets contributed through 1997. The current online GED combines the datasets from Disk A and Disk B, the former has been updated from its original version to meet the same metadata standards as Disk B.

NGDC no longer has data stewardship support or a mission focus to continue supporting this data set. The lead author, Dr. John J. Kineman, Senior Research Scientist at the University of Colorado (http://cires.colorado.edu/science/groups/wessman/people/kineman/) will maintain a complete set of the data. Future possibilities include a data transfer to the National Climatic Data Center.

Point of contact:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov

Send comments to:

Dan Kowal,dan.kowal@noaa.gov


Last Updated:

10/20/11

Name of product or service:

NESDIS GOES 5x5 Sounding BUFR Retrievals

Type of change:

Replacement / Retirement

Description:

The replacement GOES 1x1Sounding BUFR Retrievals product will begin transmission to the user on November 22nd at 15Z UTC. The GOES 5x5 Sounding Retrievals are vertical atmospheric temperature or moisture profiles derived from radiances measurements. The radiance measurements are from a variety of instruments flown on NESDIS’ current GOES EAST/WEST weather satellites. The GOES 5x5 bufr sounding retrievals are being generated twice per hour per satellite. All of the retrievals are placed into BUFR format to be utilized by users. The profiles are averaged over a 5x5 pixel area giving a resolution of 50 km. The new and improved 1x1 bufr sounding retrievals that have replaced the 5x5 are at 10 km resolution and give profile information for each pixel. This improvement equates to about .4 mm for Precipitable Water (PW) and about .3o - .5o K for temperature. The increase in the amount of data being produced and transmitted to the users per hour, allows for more overall detailed analytical information.

Point of contact:

EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov

Send comments to:

EspcHelpdesk@noaa.gov