Weather Systems and Assessment Program

NCAR Technology Put to the Test on Treacherous Winter Roads

Solar Energy

NYPA Extends Solar Forecasting Network to Albany as Part of Study to Improve Grid Reliability

RAL Director, William Mahoney, discusses using weather and climate models

First NWP model specifically designed for solar power prediction

First NWP model specifically designed for solar power prediction

Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) used to adjust salt application for Minn. Dept. of Transportation

Helicopter doing a water drop on a wildfire

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Advanced Weather Decision Support Systems Serving Diverse Economic Sectors

Advanced Weather Decision Support Systems for Diverse Economic Sectors
The primary goal of the Weather Systems and Assessment Program (WSAP) is to identify, explore, develop, and implement advanced weather decision support systems for new and emerging user sectors, and develop advanced user-oriented measures of performance and impact.

NCARs mission includes research and development activities designed to improve our understanding of the behavior of the global atmosphere and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology to society. These objectives coupled with estimates that one-third of the U.S. economy is sensitive to weather, and that life and property could be spared and economic performance improved if weather information was utilized more effectively provide a significant motivation for developing advanced weather decision support systems for a broad range of user communities and getting them into the hands of decision makers.

The specificity and quality of weather information needed by advanced weather system end users requires a rigorous verification and validation process, and often new verification approaches and methods are needed to measure success.

These end-user-driven requirements for improved weather information and performance metrics provide the motivation needed for RAL to conduct its work of engaging stakeholders in various economic sectors, many of which are not currently well served by the meteorological community, and improving their use of weather information.

WSAP research areas currently include surface transportation weather, renewable energy, wild land fire prediction, soil condition prediction for precision agriculture, international aviation weather technologies, societal impacts and economic assessments, and verification research.

Benefits + Impacts

Read how we have met meteorological challenges with creative, practical solutions, and measurable benefits.

WSAP Solutions

Solar Panels
Utilities and grid operators back research to make solar more predictable.

Article courtesy of "Utility Drive", by Herman K. Trabish

Solar Power Forecasting Partnership

Rapid variations in... more

Promoting Vehicle Safety, Mobility, and Environmental Efficiency
Improving Weather and Road Condition Analyses and Forecasts
Schematic of the Connected Vehicles concept.

One in four crashes occur in adverse weather, leading to nearly 7,000 fatalities and almost... more

NCAR helps Xcel Energy generate renewable energy and slash costs

In February 2011, the Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) did something unprecedented. It turned off several coal-fired power... more

“Smart cars” are poised to keep us safer on the road

Driving: It’s many people’s least favorite aspect of winter. Whether it’s navigating roads covered in fresh snow or skidding on... more