Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) is proud to announce the company has been awarded a task order to continue and expand the National Mesonet Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). The task order has a maximum ordering value of $9.671 million over a one-year period of performance under the NOAA Scientific and Technical Support Services Next Generation Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (Sci-Tech NG IDIQ) contract. The Sci-Tech NG IDIQ is NOAA's largest scientific and technical support services contract designed to be used throughout the agency.
The National Mesonet Program is a network of existing non-Federal surface-based observation networks (“mesonets”) located throughout the United States. These mesonets are both fixed as well as mobile. The provision of meteorological observations and associated metadata to NWS helps to improve forecasts and warnings for severe weather within local NWS field offices and achieve effective collaboration among disparate network operators to promote NOAA’s objective of a Weather-Ready Nation.
GST and its alliance of universities and weather companies has been performing work on the National Mesonet Program for three years. Under the new task order, GST will continue to leverage existing non-Federal environmental observation networks to supply observation data to improve the prediction of high-impact, local-scale weather events.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by the National Weather Service to serve our nation with such an important mission as the National Mesonet Program,” explained GST President Chieh-san Cheng. “There is heightened priority of obtaining observation data at the local scale that can help save lives, protect property and reduce economic impacts. GST recognizes the criticality of the mission and is very proud that our alliance will be providing critical observation data to the Government.”
The fixed mesonet platforms GST will be working with are located across the nation in the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
“We’re also pleased that the NWS will continue to utilize our innovative Mobile Platform Environmental Data (MoPED) observation network,” said Chieh-san Cheng. MoPED is the collection of observation data acquired from commercial vehicles (e.g., trucking fleets or delivery vans) that operate on major highways and delivery routes between and around metropolitan areas in the U.S. While the vehicles are traveling, they are taking weather observations.
The new task order also places emphasis on emerging technologies that detect temperature, wind, and moisture in the lower atmosphere. Increased sampling of the lower atmosphere will improve data sets that initialize predictive weather models.
GST alliance members include three corporate and 15 academic members as well as the research center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) located in Amherst, MA.
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