The goal of this article is to highlight the lessons learned from this experience and to introduce, describe, and highlight the benefits of adding the O2R component to any R2O initiative.
After many iterations over the last several years, it became clear that the O2R environment, in order to be effective to researchers and to achieve the maximum R2O potential, should consist of the following components.
A successful R2O process, a key element for NOAA to accelerate and improve the use of research and operational satellite data in weather, ocean, climate, and environmental analysis and prediction systems, requires a research-friendly environment that is functionally equivalent to the operational environment (i.
Once projects on S4 reach maturity, these tools support the transition to operations, following R2O protocols inspired by close coordination with National Weather Service (NWS) scientists.
To perform an R2O transition, either new datasets or capabilities are implemented and then tested by researchers on a branch of the main trunk containing the software that is scheduled for transition to operations.
It also lists the R2O maturity indexes of the projects (current index and the one prior to the use of S4).
This is a concrete and tangible example of a successful R2O that was made trivial thanks to the O2R environment provided on S4.
These experiments on S4 have served us to mature the effort in preparation for initiating an R2O transition.
2014), making this project mature for an R2O transition.
Indeed, new developments or modifications to the operational suites developed in the S4 O2R environment are expected to be easily ported back to the operational suite, thus facilitating smooth R2O transitions.