Unidata Policy Committee Meeting Summary
14-15 May 2013
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
College Park, Maryland
Steven Businger (Chair), Univ of Hawaii
Dave Dempsey, San Francisco State Univ
Kevin Kloesel, Univ of Oklahoma
Kersten Lehnert, Columbia Univ
Lynn McMurdie, Univ of Washington
Users Committee Representative
Kevin Tyle Users Committee Chair
Bernard Grant, NSF
Leroy Spayd, NOAA/NWS
Bill Gallus, Iowa State
Rob Fovell, UCLA
Peter Griffith, NASA agency representative
Greg Byrd, COMET
Ben Kyger, NCEP
Michelle Mainelli, NCEP
Matt Rosencrans, NOAA/NCEP
Dave Plummer, NCEP
Scott Jacobs, NCEP
Rich Jeffries, COMET
Jeff de La Beaujardiere, NOAA
Eva Zanzerkia, NSF
UPC Staff Attending
14 May 2013
Next meeting-10-11 October 2013
Discussion of action items
Ethan Davis discussed RAMADDA-like capabilities. He has been
exploring this topic and will continue to see if there are
other considerations or technologies Unidata should be following.
Long tail data — Mohan has been talking to various
individual PIs within NCAR and UCAR. The proposal
mentions Unidata playing a greater role and enabling PIs
publishing of data from research, i.e. field campaign,
etc. We must keep in mind that UPC is not an archive
MAP list - OU students providing individual web sites
which creates a problem — others cannot find the web site
where student published the data. MAP list is housed at
University of Albany.
The UPC has reserved the week of 21 June 2015 at Center
Green for the next Triennial Users workshop. A separate
funding request is needed to NSF for the workshop.
A short workshop survey pertaining to the 2012 summer
workshop will be developed and circulated sometime during
summer 2013. Kevin will work with Doug Dirks on this action.
Mohan indicated that due to some surplus money from the 2012
workshop award, coordination of a small group to discuss
post-workshop items is being considered.
Discussion on AWIPS II: installations are ongoing with Texas
A&M, Florida Institute of Technology, Univ of Albany,
Iowa State, and Penn State. Beta sites have been chosen,
based on equipment awards and time required to participate.
UPC is trying to collect input from the beta testers to
improve the procedures and make necessary changes as needed.
HRRR Data testing is taking place at UPC.
Marty Baxter gave a presentation
at the Users Committee meeting on his experiences creating
case studies using IDV and RAMADDA.
Mohan is hoping to send the 2018 proposal to NSF before
Memorial Day. Although a page extension was requested for 30
pages, it was denied. An extension to 25 pages was approved
and will be submitted. Mohan asked the committee to assist
with prioritization of items for the proposal (see proposal
Rosetta is growing in importance-oceanography, marine
science, JPL, NASA, - It was suggested that the name
"Rosetta" be used, rather than the Greek symbol.
Paper for additional information.
OGC standards-cf-netCDF data model extension became an OGC standard.
AWIPS II training took place in Boulder. Three instructors
from the Kansas City Training Center provided the training
to five UPC staff (Michael James, Jeff Weber, Mike Schmidt,
Steve Emmerson and Tom Yoksas, and two COMET staff. (See
The Unidata community composition has changed and is growing
considerably. see slide 15 for detailed information.
2,518 edu's world wide!
EarthCube- Unidata has been involved in collaborative
projects, organizing a seminar, and partnering in several
An IT survey was conducted; 33 people responded. See slide 20 for the results.
The UPC also surveyed 21 universities to see how they were
using Unidata software and data services. Slide 21 indicates
Over the past 10 years, Unidata has awarded 64 equipment
awards to community members, amounting to $1M for
universities. This year there were 12 proposals submitted.
Six proposals have been recommended for approval. The awards
should be made over the next month (May-June).
Peter Griffith (NASA) - NASA Report
Peter gave a remote presentation. NOAA climate people to
have a mini-workshop on carbon cycle science-NASA
update-Earth Science Line on President's
budget-NASA-slightly up from 2012. Less impact on NASA
than other agencies.
AboVE project science definition team-write a concise
experimental plan-how vulnerable and resilient are
ecosystems and society to environmental change in Arctic and
Boreal regions. Concern with data management-using RAMADDA,
but so far it is working fine. Jeff McWhirter is working
half-time for the NASA AboVE project.
Terry Mitchell (Unidata) - Budget presentation
Attrition played a big part of the budget for this current
award period. With labor costs and the associated overhead
accounting for 85% of the total budget, the long stretch of
vacant positions in FY12 & FY13, although a strain on the
program, has allowed us to build up a reserve, and has
helped us with another year of level funding and an increase
in both the benefit and indirect rates for FY13. Along with
new funds for the second year of the OPULS project and the
third year of funding on A-CADIS, we were able to leverage
our surplus of funds to continue two term positions and fill
another vacant position. Over the period of performance for
the Unidata 2013 proposal, we've maintained a balanced
budget in the core which has positioned us well to face a
potentially challenging award period starting in FY14.
Although we're in better financial shape than a lot of other
UCP programs, we're still hoping for a modest CODB increase
in the core for FY14 in anticipation of another increase in
both the benefits and indirect rates for the new fiscal
year. As always, we are continuing our efforts to increase
non core funding with more proposal submissions and white
papers to various funding opportunities. We will continue to
leverage our resources with new projects and funding as
appropriate to weather these challenging economic times. The
financial outlook for FY14 and beyond is uncertain, but with
the surplus created over the current award period, we're in
a good financial position to meet the goals in the current
2013 proposal as we plan ahead for the new 2018 proposal.
Bernard Grant (NSF) - NSF report
2013 Geosciences does not have their budget yet. 8% spending now
AGS- 8.5% in NSF research program for 2013, due to sequestration
SEES has 16 solicitations, but they want to have fewer
supporting Wyoming super computer
ICER investments-Earth System Dynamics, EarthCube (CIF21)
CAUSE (Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education
PLR-Blue Ribbon Panel
CISE – Cliff Jacobs will be working part-time (one-day per week) with EarthCube in CISE.
CIF21 continues to partner with CISE on EarthCube to create
an integrated data management infrastructure across
Bernard indicated that the budget for Unidata FY14-a cut for
next year -- level for Unidata (proposal cannot be pie in the
sky)- cannot change scope of work to affect the budget so
much that it is not workable within constraints of the
Unidata must set priorities.
Departing from NSF:
Sylvia Edgerton, ATM-CHEM rotator-
Anna Gannett-ATM-DYN Aeronomy
Brad Smull-leaving to return to Univ of Washington
Michael Morgan-will leave June 2014
Roger Wakimoto is working toward a strategic plan for each division at NSF..
Leroy began by saying that NWS has the worst budget in 30-40
years. The Director and CFO were essentially fired. There
were 17 funding lines-moving money around. Sequestration
compounded an already dire situation within NWS.
Greg Byrd will work with UPC on AWIPS II algorithm
development - COMET's proposal to NOAA is to validate
thermodynamic calculations on AWIPS II software with AWIPS 1
and GEMPAK. WFO Boulder will also be involved in this
Hurricane research, WRF
Cloud research-weather and climate services to the community
Transition continues from AWIPS I to AWIPS II. This has been
ongoing for six years. The current contract expires in two
current status - 80 teraflops on computer
end state 2015
HRRR operationally next spring-
Phase 2 (2 petaflops) end state 2018
same as ECMWF
hurricane-all sky satellite radiances
mesoscale ensemble-cores are going from 3 to 2
hourly HRRR to 3 km to 18 hr
Many lessons learned-should have spent more time on requirements.
CONDUIT is serving approximately 60 GB of data per day.
There have been no changes to the CONDUIT content in the
last 12 months.
NCEP Central Operations will take over the NCEP-related web
pages from NOAA's web operations center by the end of this
The current infrastructure cannot handle more data due to
the limited LDM queue size. New data can be added in January
and June 2014.
NWS National Deployment will be restarting in Q3FY13
with completion being Q4FY15.
Question of use of cloud for AWIPS - this is not a
requirement at this time.
Question of NOMADS-web operations center-GFS - NOMADS
focuses on operational datasets (7 days of archived data).
Display solar imagery June 6th.
To answer the question of what happens if the contract is
incomplete. If contract is not met by Raytheon, users will
need to roll back. Raytheon is required to address problems
as they occur.
Thin Client - The FAA command center access data available â€“
view on laptop-can run thin client, but it's currently
Space weather will be done-they have contracted for
assisstance and will get their needs fulfilled.
Michael James (Unidata) - AWIPS II
AWIPS II release will consist of one tarball
with a quick install guide. Some installation instructions
with more detail have been completed. Currently we have 5
beta sites, and we are requesting feedback from the sites-
so far, the comments are more positive than previous. The
installations are going more smoothly. Michael needs to put
the release date on the web site.
Unidata is planning availability of AWIPS II in Nov
2013-Redhat 6 13.6 version - we need to define
capabilities so the community knows what they're getting,
and what to expect.
Eva Zanzerkia (NSF) - EarthCube
The EarthCube vision is to
Transform the conduct of geosciences research
with the next generation CI
Create effective community-driven CI
Enable global data discovery within the geosciences
Achieve interoperability and data integration across disciplines.
EarthCube strategy includes building on existing resources.
EarthCube is iterative with community input and assessment
every year. Main emphasis is to engage all stakeholders in
Proposal comments from committee
There is no list of priorities or resources
some things will go to maintenance role
should be able to take advantage of low hanging fruit
core values – keep in mind
priorities are always flexible and subject to change—dependent
on evolving technology, etc
Committee-asked Mohan to get back to them with a draft list
of priorities prior to submitting the proposal.
64% of those responding to the survey do IT support
79% using LDM for data
NWS funding for AWIPS II as users and co-developers-to be used
by universities – open source development
Security issues will need to be considered
15 May 2013
Tour of Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
The tour was great and the building is not your typical
Federal building. Very nice, indeed! The committee
appreciates the work and coordination done by Michelle
Mainelli for this meeting. Excellent job!
Jeff de La Beaujardiere (NOAA) - Data Management
Jeff wants data to be available to all and is working toward
EDM Virtual Workshop-thinking-June 25-27, 2013.
DOI assigned to each type of data, i.e., particular data set,
not one per time the data set is available.
Many questions and comments about servers and tools.
Easy ID—GOES-R funding for this - Jeff is doing research to see what method is best.
Investigating Cloud services-Data Center cloud
There is a question of ongoing costs
Apparently products like Amazon Glacier are $30K/year for 30TB of data
The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
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Community Services, Unidata
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