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Field Systems Operations Center

Field Systems Operations Center

Neal DiPasquale
Acting Director

Mission Statement

The Field Systems Operations Center (W/OPS2), of the Office of Operational Systems, provides overall National Weather Service management, direction, systems operational support, software engineering, and testing for operational surface observing systems, upper air observing systems, and NOAA Weather Radio software as well as system operational support and testing of Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) hardware and software.

It serves as the principal focal point for the regions and field offices for systems operations support, site system management activities, and problem solving. The Field Systems Operation Center also provides operations requirements for planned improvements to field systems.

The Field Systems Operations Center develops operating standards, procedures, and documentation; manages quality control of surface and upper air observations; and represents the NWS at international and interagency organizations and forums.

The Field Systems Operations Center has four branches:

AWIPS Support Branch (OPS21)

  • Serves as AWIPS software second tier support for field offices on operational issues via the Site Support Team
  • COTR for AWIPS operations and maintenance contracts
  • Responsible for AWIPS software testing and installation, including test and validation of installation instructions
Observing Systems Branch (OPS22)
  • Manages upper air and observing systems
  • Serves as principal focal point for the field on surface and upper air operational issues
  • Manages deployment of surface and upper air systems enhancements and new systems
  • Maintains network configurations and reporting of stations
  • Supports the Office of Science and Technology in the development of new sensor technology
Software Branch (OPS23)
  • Develops and maintains software for surface, upper air, and NOAA Weather Radio systems
  • Serves as principal focal point for the field on software issues for NOAA Weather Radio systems, and second level software support for surface and upper air software issues
  • Maintains configuration management system for surface, upper air, and NOAA Weather Radio operational software
Test and Evaluation Branch (OPS24)
  • Performs system tests and operational test and evaluation of new and modified surface, upper air, and dissemination systems as well as AWIPS hardware
  • Develops test plans and test procedures and surveys
  • Prepare reports and recommendations on test results

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Office of Operational Systems (OPS2)
1325 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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