GEOS-FP Weather Visualizations Updated

01.10.18

Beginning 10 January, 2018, the weather maps, datagrams and other output from the GMAO's GEOS-FP system are served in a new format. Plots are generated using a new, interactive Python-based framework named FLUID, developed within the GMAO. Along with this new capability, there are changes to the appearance of the plots, the menus that drive them, and the animation capabilities.

FLUID is implemented as a front-end framework upon systems provided by the NASA Center for Climate Computing (NCCS) at NASA's GSFC. This standard implementation is a result of collaborative development work between staff in the GMAO and NCCS.

Eventually, the FLUID package will be adapted to provide instances for the visualization of GMAO's seasonal prediction and reanalysis products. Another instance of FLUID will be focused on field-mission support using GEOS-FP analyses and forecasts.

ENSO forecasts have comparable skill in the new system as in the old one, with a slight degradation of quality of precipitation forecasts over the tropical Pacific. More positively, the overall representation of precipitation in the new system is improved over storm tracks and near topography. The new system also outperforms the old one in many aspects of the atmospheric and oceanic circulations, in net heat flux at the surface, and in metrics related to bias and anomaly correlation in particular over land.

Links from the GMAO's pages now take the user directly to the new displays, which open in a new tab. For the following few weeks, the link to GMAO's old-style plots will remain active at: https://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/forecasts/ .

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