ProLogic has extensive experience in the development of new technology that provides 2D/3D/4D visualization of weather information within Geographic Information System (GIS) environments. Since weather information is both temporal and dynamic in nature, it is often accessed as large, global, four-dimensional data sets that provide a wide range of weather parameters. Current applications that use weather information tend to be stove-piped systems that are tailored to a specific weather data set and have limited capability for integration with other mapping and geographic analysis systems.

Although commercial Geographic Information System (GIS) software provides rich support for mapping, geographic data handling, spatial queries, geographic analysis, and flexible symbology, it does not include native support for weather. Our Weather Explorer project, for example, created a “weather extension” for commercial GIS software, thereby allowing the development of “weather-aware” GIS applications. Specifically, the extension supports the incorporation of weather data within future mission applications and provides weather visualization through CJMTK as well as users / applications that are based on the ArcGIS desktop platform (© ESRI). Weather Explorer uses native data format and access mechanisms including GRIB and JMBL in order to provide users with a greater capability to access, analyze, and visualize dynamic weather forecast information. The application is intended to be available as an ArcGIS Extension to support users and developers of: CJMTK and ArcView.

In addition to the above direct application extensions, we also provide weather access, analysis, visualization, and management libraries in a software developer’s kit (SDK) called the Weather Software Toolkit for Operational Risk Management (WxSTORM). This toolkit is available to DoD C2ISR application developers as GOTS which provides immediate weather integration help. Developers can make use of .NET (or Java) software libraries that help them access JMBL-compatible Air Force and Navy weather sources to obtain weather observations and forecasts. The existing toolkit also has libraries for rendering weather on ArcGIS Desktop, CJTMK, and Google Earth. Future development will add capabilities to do weather management and caching as well as impact analysis.

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