Weather Extension for a Commercial Geographic Information System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,946.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8750-04-C-0109
Award Id:
62341
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0404
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3140, Fairmont, WV, 26554
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
941134876
Principal Investigator:
Chetan Desai
(304) 333-2680
chetan@prologic-inc.com
Business Contact:
Ken Snyder
(304) 363-1157
ksnyder@prologic-inc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase II project will develop a new technology that provides 2D/3D/4D visualization of weather information within a commercial GIS (Geographic Information System) environment. GIS systems provide rich support for mapping, geographic data handling, spatial query, and geographic analysis functionality, but do not include native support for weather. GIS systems typically use static (atemporal) databases for visualization and analysis of geographic data (for example, NIMA CDs). These static databases are typically built by importing existing geographic data (such as road network, urban/rural landuse, etc.). Weather data are temporal/dynamic in nature and are often accessed as large global four-dimensional datasets providing a wide range of weather parameters. So, current applications that use weather information tend to be stove-piped systems with limited capability for integration with other mapping and geographic analysis systems. The proposed research and development would result in a "weather extension" to a commercial GIS architecture, allowing the development of "weather-aware" mapping applications for the US Air Force and DoD. The toolkit extensions would also support incorporation of weather forecasts within future mission applications based on the DoD's Commercial Joint Mapping Tool Kit (C/JMTK) as well as applications based directly on the ArcGIS desktop platform (from ESRIr).

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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