AWIPS II is a weather forecasting and analysis package used by the National Weather Service and NCEP. The Unidata Program Center develops and supports an open source version of AWIPS for our UCAR member institutions and the broader geoscience research and education community.
AWIPS takes a unified approach to data ingest, and most data types follow a standard path through the system, starting with an LDM client requesting data from Unidata’s IDD. These data are decoded into HDF5 and PostgreSQL/PostGIS metadata, and renderable with the CAVE client and the Python Data Access Framework.
|Mac OS X||awips2-cave-16.2.2.dmg|
|CentOS/RH 6 or 7 (x86_64)||installCAVE.sh||
Run from the command line|
|CentOS/RH 6 or 7 (x86_64)||installEDEX.sh||
Run from the command line|
Note: Unidata does not support the operational NWS version of AWIPS. It is recommended that only Unidata AWIPS clients connect to Unidata AWIPS servers. Using a NWS client with a Unidata server will result in errors.
|AWIPS_II_Installation.pdf||88 pp||349K||Aug 12, 2013|
|CAVE_D2D_Manual.pdf||612 pp||11M||Aug 12, 2013|
|Software_System_Design.pdf||156 pp||2.9M||Aug 12, 2013|
|System_Manual_13.4.1.pdf||1465 pp||14M||Aug 12, 2013|
|Release_Notes_13.4.1.pdf||91 pp||583K||Aug 12, 2013|
Q: What is AWIPS?
A: The National Weather Service is in the process of developing the next generation of its AWIPS software (AWIPS II) to provide a comprehensive package in support of its forecasting and public service operations. This new software will be developed in Java, allowing it to run on more platforms than the current AWIPS software. Many of the underlying technologies in AWIPS will be based on open source projects and the plan is to make AWIPS software also open source. Currently, the NWS National Centers and NWS field forecast offices use different tools to support their mission, with the National Centers using NAWIPS, and NWS forecast offices use AWIPS, which is fundamentally different and not compatible with NAWIPS. The new AWIPS architecture will allow the NWS to reduce development time, expand data access and provide better integration and collaboration between the NWS field offices, river forecast centers and National Centers.
Q: Who is developing AWIPS?
A: Raytheon is responsible for developing the underlying infrastructure for AWIPS and migrating the existing AWIPS functionality into that infrastructure. NCEP is responsible for migrating the existing GEMPAK/NAWIPS functionality into the AWIPS framework.
Q: How is GEMPAK related to AWIPS?
A: GEMPAK functionality, specifically the underlying analysis and diagnostic routines, will be included with AWIPS, most likely as wrapped code. AWIPS is being developed for a "black box" GEMPAK transition, meaning batch scripts and automated processes which call GEMPAK routines would not require updating after migrating to AWIPS.
Q: What is Unidata's role in all this?
A: The Unidata Program Center distributes and provides support for GEMPAK to our member sites. Membership in Unidata is open to U.S. colleges and universities, and is free of charge. GEMPAK is also available as unsupported software without charge to organizations which do not participate in Unidata through the limitations specified in the Unidata participation policy. The UPC release of GEMPAK/NAWIPS incorporates several additions developed both locally and at other locations to enhance the use of real-time data aquired through the Unidata IDD, and through instructional case studies such as those developed at COMET. It includes GARP (GEMPAK Analysis and Rendering Program) which was developed by COMET.
Q: Why is NCEP moving away from GEMPAK?
A: The National Weather Service announced plans in 2007 to cease development of NAWIPS in August 2008 and proceed with a migration of the functionality of that package to the new AWIPS environment. The decision to migrate NAWIPS to AWIPS was made unilaterally by NWS. Since NCEP's primary goal is to support the National Centers, Unidata had no input on this decision.
Q: What is NCEP's plan for NAWIPS/GEMPAK?
A: NCEP intends to migrate all NAWIPS/GEMPAK functionality to AWIPS and intends to make AWIPS available to the Unidata community.
Q: If/When the UPC stops supporting GEMPAK, can I still use it?
A: The GEMPAK source code is freely available and will still be accessible in some form after the UPC ends official support. It will not stop working on any certain date. Furthermore, the existing support materials (tutorial, help manual and documentation) will still be available on line. The gembud mailing list will be kept active so GEMPAK users can provide community support to each other.
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/awips2/data_storeis performed at 30 minutes past every hour, and the default retention rate is 1 hour. Previous releases used
ldmadmin scourwhich had a minimum retention period of 1 day.