Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) is proud to announce its National Mesonet Program Alliance has been awarded a $7.4 million contract for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) National Mesonet Program. The National Mesonet is a network of existing non-Federal surface-based observation networks ("mesonets") located throughout the United States.
This newly formed alliance brings together the most capable, experienced and knowledgeable companies and universities to leverage existing non-Federal environmental observation networks to supply data to improve the prediction of high-impact, local-scale weather events. The alliance consists of the two largest privately owned fixed-station weather networks combined with GST’s innovative mobile (vehicle-based) weather network that offer assets in and around major metropolitan areas and all across the United States. As well, the alliance includes state-based networks operated by universities in key areas where severe storms are most prevalent. Collectively, the alliance adds value to the National Weather Service by extending its observation network.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by the Government to serve our nation with such an important mission as the National Mesonet Program,” explained GST Vice President of Innovation, Brian Bell. “The year 2011 will go down in history as one of the worst years when weather adversely impacted our economy and took an enormous toll on human life. With that historic perspective firmly in mind, 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 National Mesonet Program will be managed from the GST Innovation Lab located in the Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center in Fairmont, WV. Alliance member facilities in private locations and on the campuses of respective participating universities will provide data and program support. The National Mesonet Program Alliance is made up of the following corporate and academic members: GST; EarthNetworks, Inc.; WeatherFlow, Inc.; Weather Telematics, Inc.; University of Utah; University of Oklahoma, University of Delaware; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; North Carolina State University; Coastal Carolina University; Texas Tech University; University of Missouri; University of Illinois; University of Florida; University of Georgia, University of South Alabama; and Kansas State University.
For further information, contact Chris Moren; email: Chris.Moren@gst.com.