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Senior Project - YouNeverNOAA


OTIS: Operational Text Inspection Subsystem

Senior Project: 1999-2000
Robert Derstadt, Nathan Meurer, Jennifer Miller, Jeremy Spencer and Kirk Washburn
Forecast Systems Laboratory
Boulder, CO

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) is the producer of the data ingest and distribution functionality and the main user interface for the National Weather Service's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). AWIPS is a large, complex and complete system. It is used every moment of every day at 132 Weather Forecast Offices and 24 other centers around the United States to forecast weather in a real time setting.

The goal of the project was to replace the existing interface for retrieving text products, such as real time reports from various weather stations, with a graphical interface. This interface allows a user to see a display of the various stations on a map, select an arbitrary set of stations of interest, and interactively obtain reports for these stations from real time data. The system provides facilities for zooming and panning on the map, displaying the map using a wide variety of projections, controlling the display of map components, and the saving and loading of the current settings and selections. The software was written in C++ and Motif and runs on a UNIX platform.

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