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1 Overview USING THE INTERNET TO COMMUNICATE METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION Victor Stefanescu (NMA-NCMF) Goals Description Comparative analysis Comparative analysis Technology Resources Workflow Actual status Actual status User interface User interface

2 >< The goals of the project Simultaneous dissemination of meteorological products (forecasts, warnings etc.) to the public (mass-media customers) No waiting time between information updates and information dissemination No waiting time between information dissemination and information access

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4 >< Comparative analysis In the past, the ways employed to communicate meteorological information were classical, all implying waiting queues for the clients: –facsimile –telephonic transmissions – Advantages for the new system: –simultaneous distribution of information to all the authorized customers –cutting the costs related to phone line transmissions –employing modern technologies to post various information on the Internet Criticable point of the new system: –accessing the information rests almost solely with the customer (there are no explicit announcements regarding updates)

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8 >< Actual status Project initiation: Completion of the functional basic structure of the web application: Implementation of the web application on an NMA web server: Working time: continuous / dependent on server’s working state (access through the HTTP protocol) Access time: continuous, by ~30 media clients Maintenance: daily or occasionally (non-essential procedures) Errors: minor, very rare; all dealt with the same day Expansion: ready to be implemented at each of the Regional Meteorological Centers of Romania - limited only by the imagination of our clients, that of the meteorologists / meteorological products creators and that of the programmer(s) / designer(s)

9 >< Results. Change of paradigm The meteorological information products are automatically structured for each customer and they reach simultaneously the media, immediately after creation (seconds). Thus, the need for human operators that would create each of our client’s products has diminished All the severe weather warnings are accessible immediately after their creation, thus the media being used as a secondary means of rapid announcement to the public This system cuts down the costs of information dissemination The communication style of the National Meteorological Administration has been improved The interest of our customers for our Internet-based products has been stimulated - an increase of ~20% in the number of customers from August 2006 to December 2006 The system can be expanded anytime, without impairing its functionality

10 >< BEFORE the implementation of the web application

11 >< AFTER the implementation of the web application

12 >< The authentication page

13 >< Forecasters’ control panel

14 >< Portion from a general forecast editing page

15 >< Building the graphical forecast for locations in Romania

16 >< Building the text/graphical forecast for Europe

17 >< Special messages (warnings, other announcements)

18 >< Building the nowcasting messages

19 >< Portion from the product page - textual forecast

20 >< Portion from the product page - tabular format

21 >< Google map around a chosen location

22 >< Microsoft Virtual Earth map around a chosen location

23 >< The graphical forecast for Romania

24 >< The graphical forecast for Romanian historical regions

25 >< The weather now - tabular format

26 >< The weather now - graphical format

27 >< The weather now - Heat index map

28 >< The weather now - Chill index map

29 >< The nowcasting messages page

30 >< Some other Internet destinations

31 >< Bonus: a RSS feed (news) reader


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