Since 2010, IISI has been supporting Central Weather Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications by completing Phase I “Technological Integration and System Establishment Project for Developing an Hourly Weather Forecast System for Townships” from 2010 to 2011 as well as the Phase II “Technological Integration and System Establishment Project for Improving Real-Time Hazardous Weather Forecasts” from 2012 to 2014. These solutions significantly enhanced process automation and offered weather forecasts and meteorological services. More importantly, local weather forecasting guidelines and sophistication of data provided to meteorological staff has been greatly improved, building a strong foundation for future development. The following describes the tasks carried out in each project phase:
Phase I: From 2010 to 2011, IISI supported Central Weather Bureau in a technological integration and system development project to offer an hourly weather forecasting at the township level. The system provides meteorological analysis field data from real-time reality simulation grid points that can be used as a basis for detailed accurate weather forecasting. The following lists the tasks carried out:
- Establish a modular development environment and complete the digitalization and uploading of statistical forecasts from various stations and grid points. The client is thus provided with a system capable of efficient statistical forecasting and exporting of forecasting results.
- Establish a human-machine interface (HMI) for data comparison and integrate large volumes of observational data and forecast products. Automated workflows were also created to provide useful guidance for quickly generating effective forecasts.
- Establish an operating system for process management and data sharing of various subsystem operations. Adjust operation performance and employ automatic backup mechanisms to ensure service continuity.
Phase II: From 2012 to 2014, IISI supported Central Weather Bureau in strengthening its technological integration and system development for real-time hazardous weather forecasting. IISI continued to provide value-added products such as simulated grid points with a resolution of 2.5 km to provide weather forecasters with more accurate meteorological data at the township level. The following lists the tasks carried out:
- To improve weather prediction, IISI build up statistical evaluation check point by point in the system. Furthermore, the results were provided to the Center Weather Bureau for the improvement of specified forecasting items and indicators.
- Establish system output data verification and a graphic display platform for products generated by various systems, providing a browsing environment conducive for inspecting products and reviewing resulting data for user reference.
- Develop an interactive operation interface for monitoring system operations and maintenance. System maintenance personnel could reference system operation status to monitor the system and provide troubleshooting as needed.
- Plan and develop a clustering system for the hourly township weather forecast project, improve system resource utilization and attain optimal service performance.
- Establish and improve technologies for subsystem automation and process control.
- Establish an environment for sharing subsystem data as well as joint data warehouse management.
- Integrate large volumes of observational data and weather forecasting products and establish an interactive product display platform.
- Improve detailed forecasting operations and technology. The resulting products have already been employed by Central Weather Bureau official website to offer township-level data and leisure-related meteorological information.
- Establish automated process control and backup processes to ensure service continuity.
- Provide integrated data verification and product graphing and display platform, providing a browsing environment conducive for product inspection and data review for user reference.
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