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 Areas of Focus

Innovative Meteorological Research and Product Development

(list of publications)

To engage in applied research and product development, resulting in enhanced weather services to the public through...

  • expanding the utility of mesoscale analyses and advanced numerical models by improved data assimilation of high resolution radar and satellite data and incorporation of new observational data sets from Florida meso-networks.�   
  • configuring mesoscale model(s) for on-demand prognostic cycles with forecaster-selectable configurations based on current meteorological situation. 
  • optimal configuration and operation of the WSR-88D weather radar at NWS MLB via adaptable parameter settings and manual techniques derived from local studies.
  • exploiting total lightning technology to enhance and improve short-term forecasts and warnings by gaining an improved understanding of electrical characteristics, leading to the eventual issuance of lightning warnings.
  • completion of local studies to aid analysis and forecasting techniques of impact weather events.
  • development of graphical/gridded and tabular products to better convey hazardous weather messages. 
  • generation of new software tools to enable forecasters to produce forecasts and warnings with greater efficiency and accuracy.

    Transition of Technology and Scientific Applications into Operations

    To improve the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts and warnings and associated product generation by transferring into operations...

  • scientific concepts and results obtained from applied local research and training. 
  • new technology derived from applied research and development associated with unique weather sensors and other integrated data sets.
  • workstations and platforms configured for the display and manipulation of leading-edge meteorological information.

    Collaborative Techniques to Enhance Information Exchange

    To expand impact and routine weather collaboration with media, emergency managers, and other users/partners by exploiting advanced technologies and by initiating greater cross-agency interactions through...
  • instant messaging, internet pages, and video-conferencing.
  • provision of on-demand on-site meteorological expertise (emergency response meteorology, site-specific forecasts, media briefings, etc.) for high-impact situations (hurricane landfalls, wildfires, tornadoes, marine accidents, chemical explosions, etc.).
  • participation in specialized collaborative projects providing mutual benefits (or as assigned by NWS Southern Region HQ).
  • coordination with emergency managers and spaceflight managers concerning procedures to protect the public during the launch of radioactive materials and from possible launch mishaps. High-priority operational support is required for civil emergencies during actual spaceflight launch accidents. Such instances require immediate expert meteorological advice to emergency managers, and the composition, dissemination, and broadcast of civil emergency messages on NOAA Weather Radio (with Emergency Alert System activation).
  • provision of operational support and expertise on the WSR-88D radar optimization during spaceflight launches/landings and critical ground-processing operations at the direction of the USAF's 45th Weather Squadron (45WS) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the NWS Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG) at Johnson Space Center (JSC). This includes meteorological support and advice, Hydro-Meteorological Technician (HMT) coordination, and Electronic Technician (ET) assistance to ensure required radar availability.
  • the Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU), by furnishing scientific insight and guidance to tri-agency partners: NASA, USAF/45WS, and NWS/SMG.
  • participation in the interagency Technical Interchange Meetings to share new science and technology advances for the mutual benefit of all agencies. 
  •   provision of logistics, data, personnel, meteorological support and a temporary operational facility to the USAF personnel responsible for spaceflight operations during hurricane evacuations of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and CCAFS.



    For additional information concerning the NWS Melbourne IMU, please contact:
    IMU Science Specialist:  Matt Volkmer
    IMU Technology Specialist: Pete Blottman
    IMU Leadership: David Sharp & Scott Spratt


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