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1 ACE Operational Overview Steve Spehn, ACE Operational Manager 1

2 ACE Operational Overview Background Vision Objectives User Requirements Desired Capabilities 2

3 Background Approved as a Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering ((ASD(R&E)) Funded largely through DoD, with contributions from: NASA MSFC, UAHuntsville, VCSI, and DRDC Began execution in FY11, but delayed by Continuing Resolutions in FY11 and FY13 Conducted Technical Demonstration (TD) and Operational Demonstration (OD) in March 2013 Transitioned to University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in April 2013 U.S. National Ice Center (U.S. NIC) will be Federal lead for operational applications 3

4 Background: Capability Gaps No overarching operational architecture or universal core system for data & tool integration No common integrator of varied data sources Inadequate environmental visualization to support development of cooperative Arctic policies Inadequate access to models to support planning Insufficient integration of operational and environmental data to support ongoing and future operations (e.g., SAR, Humanitarian Response, Recovery Operations, Strategic Movement, Training, & Research) 4

5 Data Layering and Visualization: Without ACE 5

6 Data Layering and Visualization: With ACE 6

7 Vision: What ACE Does Provides an open source, web-based, open-access, Arctic-focused, environmental research and decision-support system that integrates data from existing remote sensing assets and in situ observations to provide monitoring, analysis, and visualization based on earth observation data and modeling. Enables local, regional, and international cooperation and coordination on long-term environmental planning and near-term actions in response to climatic and environmental changes occurring in the Arctic Region. Leverages prior earth science applications work done at NASA MSFC: RTMM, SPoRT, SERVIR, AMSR-E, etc. Capitalizes on the IPY, enabling and promoting the exchange of data and models for use in the Arctic Region, and providing a collaborative environment for common areas of interest for the Arctic Nations. Identifies and define new data sets, instruments and infrastructure for situational awareness and missions that will be provide enhanced societal benefits within the arctic. Is directly applicable to other regions and other purposes. 7

8 Vision: Unique Aspects of ACE Free to end users and openly accessible by all through the public Internet Open source for community development and special purpose replication – Designed for immediate extension to other regions of the world Provides general capabilities that end users can customize for various purposes – Users can Share their own data files and share this information to a specific group of people (researchers, rescuers, educators, etc) or share with the general public – Users can share uniquely tailored workspaces (maps and data views) within their own group – Group collaboration and support for areas/topics of interest Rich catalog of data sources, including searchable metadata – Access to multiple data sources, including complex forecast data such as NetCDF – (Easily) extensible to include additional data sets – e.g. just integrated database of Russian Arctic surface air temps and plan to integrate NIMBUS satellite images, sea ice forecast model, HDF, GRIB2 & ShapeFiles Multiple simultaneous 2D Map and 3D Globe map views with persistence, including differing layers, geographic regions, and zoom levels. Sustained through future collaborative research proposals and workshops 8

9 Objectives Provide a framework for shared Arctic awareness and understanding Enable international cooperation and collaboration on activities in the Arctic Region Encourage the sharing of Arctic environmental information and research data Identify other opportunities to work with the international Arctic community on the development and demonstration of technology to support Arctic activities 9

10 User Requirements: Working Group Members AMRDEC Bundeswehr Geoinformation Service CANEUS International Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab District 17, USCG MDA Geospatial Services NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Naval Research Laboratory NOAA NORAD-USNORTHCOM University of Alabama in Huntsville USEUCOM U.S. Department of Defense Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation USCG 10

11 User Requirements: Prioritized Missions / Functions High – Maritime SAR – On-Ice SAR – Maritime Safety – Humanitarian Response – Environmental Response – In-Situ Mobility – Scientific Research – Infrastructure Design & Development – Inter-Agency/International Cooperation – Inter-Agency/International Training Medium – Coastal Zone Mapping – Freedom of Navigation – Strategic Movement – Recovery Operations – Subsistence Fishing – Subsistence Hunting Low – EEZ Management – Hydrographic Surveys – Environmental Management – Commercial Fishing 11

12 User Requirements: Prioritized Tasks / Activities / Capabilities High – Plan and Execute Maritime Navigation – Data & Voice Communications – Avoid Superstructure Icing – Share Arctic Data – Locate and Assess Surface Ships – Assess Snow & Ice Coverage – Assess Tides & Currents – Mitigate Infrastructure Icing – Develop & Share Constructed Data – Assess Permafrost Conditions – Avoid Airfoil and Structural Icing Medium – Plan and Execute On-Ice Navigation – Locate Coastlines & Territorial Waters – Locate, Identify, & Track Food Fish – Locate, Identify, & Track Game Animals – Chart Ocean Floor & Obstructions Low – Plan and Execute Air Navigation – Plan and Execute Land Navigation – Identify Coastal Baselines 12

13 User Requirements: Prioritized Data Requirements High – Sea Ice Location: Area, Onset, Growth, Drift, and Decay Characterization: % Coverage, Thickness, and Type – Sea Surface Temperature Movement: Sea State, Tides, Currents, and Swells – Surface Weather Visibility Air Temperature Winds: Speed, Direction, and Gusts Relative Humidity & Dew Point Forecast – Icing Propensity for Superstructure Icing Propensity for Infrastructure Icing – Snow cover Depth Drift – AIS Vessel Location Vessel Characterization – Special Buoy data Integrated active and passive data – Other Volcanic activity Fires Medium – Sea-Ice Characterization Concentration Snow Cover Fractures, Ridging, & Rafting Melt Ponds Leads &Polynyas – Water Temperature Profile – Water Salinity Profile – Marine Life Location, Concentration, and Movement – Game Animal Location, Concentration, and Movement – Soil Moisture Temperature Vegetation Surface Roughness Permafrost Conditions Low – Coastline Identification – Ocean Floor & Obstruction Mapping – Seismic & Volcanic Activity – Ice Scour – Space Weather 13

14 User Requirements: Functional Requirements (1 of 3) Accessibility – Accessible over the public Internet – No user system requirements beyond a KML-compliant browser – No client-side code requirements beyond Code to execute the KML browser JavaScript (specify version) – No onerous licensing requirements (for system replication) – Comply with NIC policies for access and user registration – Products provided in bandwidth-appropriate resolutions Interoperability – Compliant with appropriate international standards KML/KMZ 2.2 or other Google Earth compliant standards for product streams GEO Data Standards for data streams XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.0 for web pages – Provide full functionality within Google Earth & the Google Earth plugin – Ingestible by DoD data systems – Ingests non-ACE products complying with international standards Customization – Persistence of customized products and User Interface – User addition of non-ACE products for layering – Users can define and control tailored Communities of Interest 14

15 User Requirements: Functional Requirements (2 of 3) Extensibility – Access to restricted products available based on user credentials – Standard interface for new data sources – Implement standard modeling interface and publish API Scalability – Handle a specified minimum number of simultaneous users – Provide licensing for minimum number of simultaneous users Cultural & Environmental Factors – Multi-lingual chat Spatial – Provide for selection of any contiguous region of the Earths surface – Provide for smooth movement between regional selections 15

16 User Requirements: Functional Requirements (3 of 3) Temporal – Provide user selection of both time scale and range by dataset – Provide access to products for the past, present, and future Usability – Provide mechanism for user feedback and comments – Help system: FAQ, Online Help, and Quick-Start Videos Data Ingest – Provide capability for remote users to provide in-situ data – Support blogs Accuracy – Provide detailed and nominal information on expected accuracy – Provide access to raw data with pedigree Socialization – Integrate social networking capabilities: Chat, Video, Blog, etc. 16


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